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Breast practice.

Byline: By Angharad Mair

Congratulations to the Scottish Parliament last week for making it a criminal offence to ban breast-feeding in public.

The legislation is the first of its kind in the UK and follows the case of the mum who was thrown off a public bus for breast-feeding her small baby.

Personally, I was one of those mothers who hid in a room at home for the whole feeding process, which then lasted only the minimum requirement from health visitors of six weeks.

I became part of the statistics that show that less than 40 per cent of mothers breast-feed after six weeks, even though numerous tests have shown that breast milk is best.

The biggest problem is that breast-feeding can chain a new mum to her home, making her a virtual prisoner.

Those first weeks, when the partner has gone back to work and the flow of visitors has slowed can be seriously lonely and depressing.

Anything that encourages mums to be able to go out while at the same time doing good for the newborn is brilliant.

Most mothers have absolutely no desire to make a show of it, and if you are one of these people averse to the thought of it in public, just don't look.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 21, 2004
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