On the 17th May our Media Liaison Leader Nik Harris attended the third All Party Parliamentary Group on Breastfeeding and Inequalities in the Houses of Parliament. This is her account of the meeting:
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Breastfeeding and Inequalities was set up by MP Alison Thewliss to address questions about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in the UK.
There was a fantastic turnout by all of the UK breastfeeding charities as well Health Professionals, MPs and advocates.
Mike Brady gave a great presentation on the work of Baby Milk Action with clear and concise action points that are available right now to the government, as well as changes in the law that the government could be working towards. He examined marketing tactics carried out by the big name artificial baby milk manufacturing companies: the Baby Milk Action website and the Baby Feeding Law Group website have more information.
There was also discussion about strategies for better provision of donor milk, the support mothers need and plans for National Breastfeeding Celebration Week.
There will be more detail about the APPG discussions in our Health Professional Newsletter, to receive a copy sign up here.