Released on: 03 October 2019

In response to BMJ research which shows that scrapping formula milk and getting mothers to breastfeed their babies for six months would reduce UK's carbon footprint, Abigail Wood, Head of Campaigns and Communications, said:

“This research provides useful information about the environmental impact of formula milk. The decisions women make about feeding their babies are intensely personal and based on a range of factors, including the support available to them. Research shows that 80% of mums who stopped breastfeeding in the early days did so before they wanted to, and women tell us how much they value skilled support to help them continue.

“We’re pleased to see the BMJ highlight the need for more support for women who want to breastfeed. It’s also good to see the government consulting about support for women who want to breastfeed as UK services need radical improvement.

“NCT provides breastfeeding counsellors across the four nations and we train 300 breastfeeding peer support workers a year. We also provide a free telephone helpline for all parents, whether they decide to breast, formula or mix feed, and there’s lots of information about infant feeding on our website.”

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