In response to a new position statement on infant feeding from the Royal College of Midwives, Abigail Wood, Head of Campaigns, NCT, said:
“We believe that parents need information and support for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding and it’s up to them to decide how to feed their babies, so we wholeheartedly support the RCM’s new statement which tallies with our position.
“We think that women who decide to breastfeed need support to do so and our breastfeeding counsellors supported around 20,000 women last year. We also train around 300 breastfeeding peer support workers a year, who voluntarily help mums across the UK. However more peer support schemes need to be funded as services are so inconsistent.
“There’s lots of information about infant feeding on our website for new mums (and dads) and we also provide a free telephone helpline for parents, whether they decide to breast, formula or mix feed.”