Call on MPs to support breastfeeding
The UK’s low breastfeeding rates is a pressing public health issue. We are holding an event for MPs on the 5th of December, asking them to pledge their support for breastfeeding. We need you to write to your MP, to encourage them to attend.
In 2016 we called upon the UK and devolved governments to implement four key actions (detailed in our Call to Action – see download link on this page) to create a supportive, enabling environment for women who want to breastfeed. This is changing the conversation around breastfeeding, by stopping laying the responsibility for this major public health issue in the laps of individual women and acknowledging the role that politics and society has to play at every level.
As the latest phase in our campaign, we are asking MPs to pledge their support for breastfeeding, with three simple steps:
- Commit to making their workplace breastfeeding friendly
- Support their local health services to become Baby Friendly
- Champion the Baby Friendly Initiative Call to Action campaign in Parliament
This is where we need your help. Constituents’ voices are so important in raising MPs’ awareness of these issues and the need for action. Please write to your MP asking them to attend the event to make the pledge. We’ll be sharing the pledges on social media, and MPs who can’t attend can join in online.
By making this simple pledge, MPs will show that they recognise the importance of breastfeeding to the health and wellbeing of babies and mothers, and are committed to taking action to support it. Contact your MP now.
Find out more
The Lancet: Increasing breastfeeding worldwide could prevent over 800,000 child deaths every year