RCM Position on Infant Feeding
The RCM Position on Infant Feeding released in June 2018 starts with the following opening statement:
'Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life is the most appropriate method of infant feeding. Breastfeeding should continue alongside complementary foods for up to two years, in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UK departments of health recommendations to promote and support breastfeeding.
As with other areas of maternity care, midwives and maternity support workers should promote informed choice. If, after being given appropriate information, advice and support on breastfeeding, a woman chooses not to do so, or to give formula as well as breastfeeding, her choice must be respected.'
Click here to read the full statement on the RCM Position on Infant Feeding released in June 2018.