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Northern Ireland Psychology Week: A free public lecture on raising breastfeeding rates

03 October 2017

There will be a public lecture taking place on October 9 on raising breastfeeding rates as part of the British Psychological Society's Northern Ireland Branch (NIBPS)'s Northern Ireland Psychology Week.

Dr Amy Brown, an Associate Professor in child public health in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University, will be giving the lecture from 6-7pm on Monday 9 October at Stranmillis University College in Belfast.

Despite intention to breastfeed being high in the UK and Ireland, we have some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, whilst more than 80% of women who stop breastfeeding during the first six weeks were not ready to do so, leaving them with feelings of sadness, guilt and anger.

Understanding how to support women to breastfeed for longer is vital therefore for both the health of our population and our wellbeing.

This talk will bring together research identifying societal barriers to breastfeeding and consider what support women themselves feel would help make their breastfeeding experience easier, as well as key steps that governments should take if they truly want to raise breastfeeding rates, in order to create a culture that is conducive, supportive and empowering for women to breastfeed in.

For more information on the event, including details on how to register, please visit the event page.

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