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Hundreds turn out in support of breastfeeding mothers

Emily Slough was labelled a 'tramp' for breastfeeding her daughter Credit: ITV News Central
Hundreds of people turned out at the protest Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people have turned out in support of a mother who was labelled a 'tramp' on Facebook for breastfeeding her daughter in public.

Similar protests are taking place at the same time in other cities and towns across the UK.

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Protests after woman labelled 'tramp' for breastfeeding

Families are due to gather in Swansea today to support a mother who was called a 'tramp' on Facebook for feeding her baby in public.

Emily Slough started a campaign after finding a photograph of herself feeding her daughter had been posted online.

Emily Slough was called a 'tramp' on social network site Facebook.

She will be holding a protest in her home town in Staffordshire and other women across the UK will be showing their support.

Read: Mum labelled 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public

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Mass breastfeeding event in Rugeley

The message which sparked the angry reactions Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of women are expected to breastfeed at a mass protest in Rugeley in Staffordshire after a picture of a woman breastfeeding her daughter was posted on Facebook.

In it Emily Slough was labelled a 'tramp' for feeding her daughter Matilda.

Under the Equality Act 2010 it is sex discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

Women with arthritis 'more likely' to be overweight

Women who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis were 'significantly more likely' to be overweight, according to a new wide-ranging study.

Research spoke to women from south China aged 50 and over and found:

  • Women with arthritis were significantly more likely to be overweight and less likely to have ever breast fed their children.
  • Around one in 10 were deemed to have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Mothers of at least one breastfed baby were around half as likely to have rheumatoid arthritis.

Read more: Chance of arthritis 'halved' in mums who breastfed

Chance of arthritis 'halved' in mums who breastfed

The chance of developing arthritis in later life dropped significantly among women who had breastfed, researchers have found.

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Breastfeeding may help ward off arthritis later on in life, researchers said. Credit: PA

In a study of more than 7000 woman, published in the journal Rheumatology, women who had breastfed - especially over a longer period- were found to have a lower risk of developing the condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain and swelling in the joints, usually in the hands, feet or wrists.

The condition is estimated to effect over 580,000 people in England and Wales and occurs more frequently in women then men.

Read more: Survey: New mothers feel 'bulled' into breastfeeding

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