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Why Britain has some of the Lowest Breastfeeding Rates in the World

Abi Rangecroft

Article from the Independent, 29 July 2018

Reduced breastfeeding support, cuts in public health funding, negative attitude towards breastfeeding in public and a lack of knowledge of the health benefits of breast milk all contribute to the situation. 

Earlier this year, a report revealed that the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world, with just 34 per cent of babies receiving breast milk at six months of age, compared to 62 per cent in Sweden.

And a new documentary by Channel 4’s Dispatches has now looked into exactly why this is the case.

Reduced breastfeeding support, cuts in public health funding, negative attitude towards breastfeeding in public and a lack of knowledge of the health benefits of breast milk all contribute to Britain having some of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world.

In Dispatches: Breastfeeding Uncovered, which will be broadcast at 8pm on Monday 30 July on Channel 4, presenter Kate Quilton, who gave birth to her first baby in May, reveals some surprising findings...

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