Breast feeding

I appreciate that breastfeeding is widely accepted as the best form of nutrition for infants to ensure a good start in life and I recognise the positive health benefits of breastfeeding and its important role in reducing health inequalities.

I know from UNICEF’s recent report on preventing disease finds that the NHS could save significant amounts of money by investing in breastfeeding services. Indeed, I agree that breastfeeding is a significant public health intervention, as the UNICEF baby Champion Friendly Initiative call to action has illustrated.

I believe the Government must do more to help employers understand how to identify and mitigate risks relating to pregnant women and new mothers , and compel employers to conduct risk assessments for breastfeeding mothers.

At the General Election I stood on a manifesto with a specific commitment to work with the Health and Safety Executive to make a workplace risk assessment for pregnant women mandatory, so necessary adaptations can be made.

Campaigns

Brexit update – 27th November 2018
27th November 2018
Payday lenders
14th November 2018
Northern Ireland Human Rights
14th November 2018
Universal Credit
29th October 2018
BBC coverage of Israel-Palestine conflict
10th October 2018
Fracking
10th October 2018
Amazon and Facebook Tax
8th October 2018
Cuts to Local Services
20th September 2018
People’s Vote
12th September 2018
Rohingya Children – Save The Children Campaign
6th September 2018
Human Rights in Bahrain
6th September 2018
Aids and Adaptations – Arthritis Research UK
6th September 2018
Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – New Cycling Offences
6th September 2018
Parkinson’s UK Autumn Reception 2018
6th September 2018
Scrapping the pensions dashboard
6th September 2018
Weddell Sea ocean sanctuary – Greenpeace campaign
6th September 2018
Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals – Amendment 8 and New Clause 6 of the Trade Bill – 38 Degrees campaign
16th July 2018
Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals – Trade Democracy campaign
16th July 2018
Trade Bill
16th July 2018
Mental health units (Use of Force) Bill – Seni’s Law
16th July 2018
Members of Parliament and immigration enforcement – Global Justice Now campaign
16th July 2018
Commercial sexual exploitation in Scotland
16th July 2018
Dangerous dogs and Breed Specific Legislation in Scotland
16th July 2018
Conflict in Yemen and arms sales to Saudi Arabia
9th July 2018
Rendition and torture – Reprieve campaign
9th July 2018
Disability and international development – Sightsavers “Put Us In The Picture” campaign
9th July 2018
Research and development of medicines – Global Justice Now campaign
9th July 2018
Vehicle emissions in Scotland – FAIRFUELUK campaign
9th July 2018
Arthritis Research UK parliamentary reception
9th July 2018
NHS 70th Anniversary – ‘We Own It’ campaign
4th July 2018