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Glidernew welcomes Fermanagh and Omagh breastfeeding rates

20 December, 2017 - by Michelle Gildernew

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed statistics released by the Public Health Agency fact sheet that show breast feeding rates in Fermanagh and Omagh are the highest in north.

The figures showed that 56 percent of mothers were breastfeeding on discharge from hospital; higher than the north’s average of 46 per cent, and the highest rate in each of the 11 council areas.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew said:

"As someone who has championed breastfeeding I welcome the news that my own constituency has the highest rate in the north.

"Breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organisation. It is a perfectly natural thing to do with proven health benefits for both mothers and their babies.

"We need to continue to promote and normalise breastfeeding and remove the social stigma that is attached to breastfeeding, particularly in relation to breastfeeding in public places.

"We need to see the implementation of breastfeeding legislation that my colleague, former Health Minister Michelle O’Neill, tasked her department to develop as it would ensure breastfeeding mothers have the right to feed their children with confidence and without interruption in a public place.

"While the high rates in Fermanagh and Omagh are welcome more needs to be done to increase breast feeding across the north.

"I would encourage the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency should identify good practice from the Fermanagh and Omagh areas and ensure that this is rolled out across the north.” 

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