Calls for better protection for women breastfeeding in public

Deputy Louise Doublet wants discrimination against breastfeeding mothers to be more in-line with similar UK regulations.

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'The big latch' breastfeeding picnic takes place

Mothers in Jersey are being encouraged to breastfeed their babies outside their homes when their babies are hungry.

It is part of an event called 'The Big Latch'.

The Jersey Breastfeeding Working Group are organising a picnic style gathering at Millbrook Park this morning where women are being invited to join together and feed their babies at the same time.

Lady McColl will be attending to officially launch the event by cutting ribbon.

The working group helps promote, support and encourage local women to breastfeed. It comes after one deputy has called for better protection for women breastfeeding in public.

At the moment, women are protected if they breastfeed their babies in public up to the age of six months old. But Deputy Louise Doublet wants that increased to two years.

The importance of breastfeeding cannot be overstated, particularly in terms of its long-term health benefits, and the Working Group wishes to raise this awareness and influence a positive breastfeeding culture in our local community. Such a culture would see a wider provision of facilities for breastfeeding mothers and infants in general, including in the workplace, but specifically would provide a welcoming experience, whether in public or private, wherever mothers choose to breastfeed their babies.

– Michelle Cumming, Chair of the Breastfeeding Working Group

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