This is a super quick post – I’ve no time for fancy formatting or pinnable images. This matters. Please give it 5 minutes of your time.
On Tuesday 9 February, health visitors, midwives, paediatricians, GPs, lactation consultants, breastfeeding counsellors, peer supporters, university researchers, professional organisations and charities signed a letter calling for action by the UK Government and National Assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to support mothers to breastfeed.
It’s not about breastmilk vs formula, bressure, mummy-wars or whatever other tired retired you’re used to hearing in the media. It’s about huge cuts to spending that are leading to women & children being failed by the system.
The people who signed this letter are experts. Why aren’t the government and the media listening to them?
My favourite extracts are below.
“The breastfeeding crisis in the UK is in fact a crisis of lack of support for those mothers who choose to breastfeed.”
“The success or failure of breastfeeding should not be seen solely as the responsibility of the woman. Her ability to breastfeed is very much shaped by the support and the environment in which she lives. There is a broader responsibility of governments and society to support women through policies and programmes in the community.”
You can read the full letter here.
This isn’t just an issue for breast feeders, it’s an issue for tax payers, doctors, midwives, citizens. Please show your support for the people who stood together to write it by sharing their words with your friends, family, colleagues, local MPs and media.
To access support in your area please contact any of the following organisations. Just click on their logos to be take to their website.