I’m pleased to support Unicef’s Call to Action to tackle the UK’s low breastfeeding rates.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding but there are still barriers – social, cultural, economic, physical and practical – that can make it difficult for women to breastfeed in the UK.
Earlier this year, Liverpool Council launched its Breastfeeding Mayoral Quality Mark and already lots of cafes and businesses across the city have signed up.
Liverpool is seeing an increase in breastfeeding rates, but still lags behind the national average.
A total of 53 percent of new mums breast feed in Liverpool, compared to 74 per cent elsewhere, dropping to 32 per cent at six to eight weeks against 44 percent across the rest of the country.
Breastfeeding mothers are protected by law to breastfeed wherever they like, but the charter is designed to help make people feel more comfortable and confident doing so in public. A full list of the participating companies is here.
Unicef, the United Nations children’s organisation, is pushing for the strong national leadership that can make a difference across the country.
Low breastfeeding rates are a pressing public health issue and initiatives like those taken in Liverpool, if properly supported by national government, can make a real difference.