Breastfeeding importance should be taught in schools, say UK health officials

- In an attempt to reverse low rates of breastfeeding in the United Kingdom, health officials are urging schools to make a curriculum change that would teach students as young as 11-years-old about its importance.

According to an online article on, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) issued the proposals. They also urged government officials to consider laws that would allow for parental leave for breastfeeding and that would grant breaks for working mothers.

The article states that United Kingdom’s breastfeeding rates are one of the world's lowest.

Last year, a mother's heartfelt letter about being asked by Heathrow Airport security to dump nearly 500 ounces of breast milk went viral.


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