HC Deb 15 April 2003 vol 404 cc81-2W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to educate new mothers on the importance of a nutrient-rich diet for new babies.[109201]

Ms Blears

The Department of Health produces guidance on infant feeding, which includes specific advice on breastfeeding and weaning.

The guidance is made directly available to parents through national initiatives such as the Welfare Food Scheme, the Sure Start Maternity Grant and the national health service "Birth to Five" book.

Health professionals also play a key role in disseminating guidance and directly advising parents.

Since 1993, the Department has also funded the National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public.

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