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Supporting breastfeeding: next steps

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posted on 2022-12-02, 16:15 authored by Meredith KinoshitaMeredith Kinoshita, Anne DoolanAnne Doolan

Irish breastfeeding rates have slowly improved over the last fifteen years, but remain among the lowest in Europe and worldwide.  Nationally, 60% of mothers have initiated breastfeeding by the time they leave the maternity hospital. Only 15% of babies are given breastmilk at six-months of age 5 despite this being the recommended duration of exclusive breastfeeding. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) has published a position paper, endorsed by the Faculty of Paediatrics, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Faculty of Public Health Medicine, with commitment to supporting breastfeeding through medical education and within its own membership.



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Published Citation

Kinoshita M, Doolan A. Supporting breastfeeding: next steps. Ir Med J. 2021;114(7):399.

Publication Date

19 August 2021

PubMed ID



  • Paediatrics


Irish Medical Association


  • Published Version (Version of Record)