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Decline in breastfeeding concerns Public Health

Department urges new mothers to persist with natural feeding

An increasing number of new mothers are choosing formula over breast feeding.

That's according to Michelle Poyzer, senior health improvement officer at Public Health.

The directorate is trying to promote breastfeeding in hospital, after recent figures show only 70% of new mothers choose to feed their child this way.

Though a seemingly high number, Ms Poyzer says its represents a dramatic drop.

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