Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Research has found that modelling of adult activities in play can encourage acceptance of the modelled behaviour as normal and desirable and increase the uptake of that behaviour in adulthood (Dalton et al., 2005; Klein et al., 1992; Klein & St Clair, 2000). This may apply to bottle feeding as a modelled behaviour. Clearly more research in this area is required.
'As good as chocolate' and 'better than ice cream': How toddler, and older, breastfeeders experience breastfeeding
Karleen D. Gribble
School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney,
To cite this Article: Gribble, Karleen D. (2007) ''As good as chocolate' and 'better than ice cream': How toddler, and older, breastfeeders experience breastfeeding', Early Child Development and Care, 1 - 16 To link to this article: DOI: 10.1080/03004430701764176
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Saturday, 9 May 2009
(1) This section has effect for the purposes of the application to the protected characteristic of pregnancy and maternity of -
(a) Part 3 (services and public functions);
(5) For the purposes of this section, the day on which a woman gives birth is the day on which.
(a) she gives birth to a living child, or
(b) she gives birth to a dead child (more than 24 weeks of the pregnancy having passed).
(a) it is for the reason mentioned in subsection (2), or
(b) it is in the period, and for the reason, mentioned in subsection (3).
• A café owner must not ask a woman to leave his café because she is breast-feeding her baby.
• A shopkeeper must not refuse to sell cigarettes to a woman because she is pregnant.
(1) A county court or, in Scotland, the sheriff has jurisdiction to determine a claim relating to.
(b) a contravention of Part 4 (premises);
(c) a contravention of Part 6 (education);
(d) a contravention of Part 7 (associations);
(e) a contravention of section 102, 105 or 106 that relates to Part 3, 4, 6 or 7.
Thank you for your email about the Equality Bill.
UNICEF UK welcomes the breastfeeding provisions in the Equality Bill as we see them as an important step towards realising objective 5 of the Breastfeeding Manifesto to develop policy and practice to support breastfeeding in public. Legislation is only one part of the framework required to encourage a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers however we believe these clauses send out a message that breastfeeding is an important and natural practice.
The Equality Bill is anti-discrimination legislation whereas the law that was introduced by Elaine Smith in 2005 in Scotland introduced a criminal offence which made it illegal to prevent a child being fed milk (artificial or breast) in a public place..
UNICEF UK welcomes legislative measures that lead to a more supportive environment for breastfeeding. For this reason, in 2005 we supported David Kidney MP’s attempt to introduce legislation in England and Wales that was similar to Elaine Smith’s Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill. His Bill did not become law however we continue to support attempts to promote and protect breastfeeding through legislation and other means.
It is true that if this Bill becomes law as it is, a café owner could ask a woman to leave the café, but this bill would make that request unlawful. This is not the same as what parents in Scotland have, which is an absolute right to feed a child under 2 years milk (breast or formula) in a public place. By welcoming this provision in the Equality Bill we are not suggesting that there is not more work to be done. Far from it, we are actively working to create a better understanding of the importance of breastfeeding in Parliament and Government. To coincide with National Breastfeeding Awareness Week we have published The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative: Improving the health of the UK through breastfeeding which outlines the barriers to breastfeeding as well as the work of the Baby Friendly Initiative to overcome these. It you would like a hard copy of this briefing paper please send me your address
Thursday, 7 May 2009
We approached a Government minister to make a statement about today's terrible attack, but found no one brave enough to do so. "If you think I'm going to admit breastfeeders exist, never mind require legal control, you're mad." said Anonymous Not A Cabinet Member. "What do you want to happen to my career? I'm not going to end up in Brussels designing election posters, like my predecessor? No way. All I'm going to say is this... as far as the Government is concerned, breastfeeders do not exist. Any suggestion that the Prime Minister's wife is one, will be dealt with by anti-terrorist legislation." For those affected by these issues, there is a helpline on 0800 S-t-e-p-f-o-r-d-p-r-o-z-a-c.
In next week's exclusive, we investigate the link between breastfeeders and alien abduction...
Saturday, 2 May 2009
9. OFFERING NEW MOTHERS STRONGER PROTECTION WHEN BREASTFEEDING
We want to do everything we can to support mothers who breastfeed. People are unsure of their rights and their responsibilities in this area.
Mothers have to be confident that they can feed their baby in a café, restaurant or shop without the embarrassment of having the owner ask them to stop.
This type of discrimination has been unlawful for women with babies of any age for more than thirty years, and the mother could challenge the owner under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. In 2008, we strengthened this Act with extra 'maternity' protection, which means that if the baby is less than six months old the mother could also challenge the owner on the grounds of her maternity.
The Bill will make it clear that it is unlawful to force breastfeeding mothers and their babies out of places like coffee shops, public galleries and restaurants.
This will give women confidence that the law is on their side when they are breastfeeding their babies.
For example, the protection for new mothers could mean:
If a woman is breastfeeding her baby on the bus she cannot be asked to get off the bus for that reason. The same would apply to a woman breastfeeding her baby in an art gallery.