By Dr Sarah Alexander
Early childhood services can be places that support breastfeeding, and the attitude of staff and teachers and what they do makes a big difference as to whether a mother continues with breastfeeding. Often there is not time enough time to discuss questions such what to do if another parent protests about a mum breastfeeding or expressing milk at the centre.
A mother wrote to me that she had two children under 3 attending childcare and has always felt welcomed and supported to breastfeed and express milk at the centre. However, a father complained to the centre that it made him uncomfortable to see her expressing milk.
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