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All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities

Nikki Adlam

Hello – Jan here.

Some of you may know about the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities (APPG). This is an important group consisting of MPs who, after discussion are conducting an inquiry into the services and effectiveness on offer to support breastfeeding mothers and their families. This has been brought about by the knowledge that the UK as one of the lowest breastfeeding duration rates in the world, although the 5 yearly Office of National Statistics Infant Feeding Surveys consistently recorded that most mothers would have preferred to breastfeed for longer. The biggest drop in our figures are at approximately 2 weeks post-natal, and the most frequent reasons for stopping breastfeeding given were sore nipples and breasts. Regrettably; the government has said that it will not fund any more research into our infant feeding statistics.

The APPG wish for parents to be involved in this inquiry. If you’re interested in joining in the consultation process, or at least wish to learn more about the issues and process, please go to:

http://infantfeedingappg.co.uk/appg-inquiry-infant-feeding-services/

Thanks all. You can help to make a difference.