Northern Ireland: legislation to protect mums who breastfeed

06 February 2018

New laws to protect mothers who breastfeed in public are to be brought forward in Northern Ireland.

The intention to introduce the legislation was set out in the Department of Health breastfeeding strategy in 2013, Breastfeeding – a great start: a strategy for Northern Ireland (2013-23). However, health minister Michelle O’Neill announced in January her intention to ‘do it as quickly as possible’.

She said: ‘It will ensure that breast- and bottle-feeding mothers are given equal access to feed their children with confidence and without interruption in a public place.’

Laws protecting breastfeeding are already in place across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland are the lowest in the UK.

See the original strategy at

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