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Breastfeeding mums tell of concern over cuts to support

"Breast is best" is what parents are told by the government - but what if you want to feed your baby but can't?

Parenting charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) says it is worried about cuts to breastfeeding support across England, and is launching an investigation to assess the scale of the problem.

The Royal College of Midwives says it has evidence of services being cut and says a shortage of midwives - 2,600 full-time posts - will mean specialists are pulled back to maternity wards.

One group of mothers in south London are campaigning to keep specialist midwives at their community breastfeeding clinics or "milk spots," their campaign has got 3,000 signatures.

The midwives are provided by King's College Hospital who say they are needed to deliver community services at the hospital.

But it says it is committed to providing support and advice about breastfeeding at the clinics and is working on new arrangements which would still see some midwives continue to be involved in delivering the service but working alongside specialist infant feeding support workers.

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  • 16 Jul 2015
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