|The government is to invest an extra £2 million to help more English mothers breastfeed, Dawn Primarolo, public health minister, has announced.
Coming during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to 7th), the move will be particularly aimed at improving England's breastfeeding rate which is one of the lowest in Europe.
Only 78 per cent of women breastfeed from birth and this falls to 22 per cent when the baby is six months old.
Countries like Norway (99 per cent at birth), Denmark (98 per cent) and Sweden (97.7 per cent) are further ahead, although Germany, France and Ireland all have lower rates than England.
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