Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's breastfeeding law comes into force

Mothers are able breastfeed their babies in public for the first time on the Isle of Man after a new law came into force.

It comes after the Royal Assent for the Breast Feeding Act was given in Tynwald on Tuesday.

Failure to adhere to the law, said the government, can now lead to compensation claims of up to £2,500.

Juan Watterson MHK said it demonstrated "that breastfeeding is a normal part of being a mother".

"I hope this Act of Tynwald will encourage more mothers to breast feed their child without the stigma of being asked to leave public places such as cafes and restaurants," said Mr Watterson, the politician behind the bill.

"This is not a licence for exhibitionism as some have suggested, and it is unlikely that anyone abusing the privilege will be able to make a claim."

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