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12/06/2018

Breastfeeding Is A Woman's Choice

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has confirmed that "the decision of whether or not to breastfeed is a woman's choice and must be respected", in a new position statement on infant feeding.

The statement recommends that balanced and relevant information be given to parents choosing to formula feed their babies, whether exclusively or partially, to enable them to do so safely and with support to encourage good bonding.

The RCM advises that breastfeeding mothers and their partners should be given information and support to help manage the physical, mental, emotional and societal challenges of breastfeeding.

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The need for maternity units to be appropriately staffed is also highlighted as well as sufficient investment to be made in postnatal care to enable each woman to get the support and advice she needs to make informed choices about feeding her baby.

On exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life the RCM confirms this to be most appropriate method of infant feeding and that breastfeeding should continue alongside complementary foods for up to two years, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UK departments of health recommendations to promote and support breastfeeding.

RCM chief executive Gill Walton said: "Evidence clearly shows that breastfeeding in line with WHO guidance brings optimum benefits for the health of both mother and baby. However the reality is that often some women for a variety of reasons struggle to start or sustain breastfeeding."

Gill added that the RCM believes that women should be at the centre of their own care and as with other areas of maternity care midwives and MSWs should promote informed choice.

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"The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has confirmed that "the decision of whether or not to breastfeed is a woman's choice and must be respected", in a new position statement on infant feeding."