NI Health Minister Michelle O’Neill will bring forward legislation to protect mothers who breastfeed their children in a public place.
The Department of Health Breastfeeding Strategy 2013-2023, includes a strategic action to introduce legislation to support and protect breastfeeding infants and their mothers in public places. The Minister take this forward and I aim to do it as quickly as possible. The details of this legislation will be consulted upon as soon practicable and hopefully introduced to the Assembly at the earliest possible date.
Breastfeeding rates in the north have remained static over the past number of years. Societal and cultural attitudes are important influencing factors for breastfeeding.
Laws protecting breastfeeding are already in place across England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.