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Breastfeeding is really what nature intends

NO one would want to go back to the days when, if a baby was not breastfed by someone, their mother, or wet nurse, he or she died. But it is worth reminding ourselves how removed we have become from what nature intended.

We are the only species that gives the milk of another species to our young. And yet Grace Dent (DebateNI, November 14) insinuates that breastfeeding is the thing that is not normal.

It takes a lot of courage, confidence and support to successfully breastfeed today, particularly within deprived areas of the country. Anything that tries to redress the balance has to be a good thing. £200 might mean quite a lot to a breastfeeding mother, struggling to do the right thing for her baby.


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