Children should learn about breastfeeding in school

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the UK has one of the lowest rates in Europe for breastfeeding.

Estimating only one per cent of British mums breastfeed their babies until they are six months old. Arguing breastfeeding in public is still often stigmatised.

This year teacher, Agnes Nate, at Child Jesus primary school in Moroto municipality was given two weeks suspension. Head teacher Sr. Rosario John Masawe, suspended Agnes for breastfeeding her three month old baby at school.

It has also been suggested that school children should have breastfeeding introduced into the school curriculum. This would stress to pupils the importance of breastfeeding.

The Royal College recommends the subject is covered in personal, social and health education (PSHE) classes. It also recommends that mothers should be supported to breastfeed. Breastfeeding would be recommended up to the age of six months. Then to introduce solid food to their diet thereafter with breast milk.

Currently PSHE is not a statutory part of schools’ curriculum.

Prof Renfrew, director of the mother and infant research unit at the University of York: “society had lost confidence in breastfeeding partly because people believed formula was as good as or better than breastfeeding”.

TNT Health

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