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Wednesday 20th September 2017

Legal right to breastfeed in public

18th May 2007

Campaigners have called to give women the legal right to breastfeed in public and to be allowed breaks at work to feed their babies.

In Scotland, the law acknowledges this right and there is a £2,000 fine for a breach of the legislation. In France, women who work and have a baby aged one year or less are entitled to two 30-minute breastfeeding breaks per day. An alliance of five medical royal colleges, the National Childbirth Trust, and Unicef have said children should be educated about breastfeeding as part of the National Curriculum and have called for limits on the marketing of formula milk.

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