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Monday, April 23, 2007
Male Staff To Be Sent On Compulsory Breast Feeding Course

A council has been blasted over plans to send male staff on compulsory breast feeding courses.

Dozens of workers, including caretakers, will have to spend two days on the awareness course.

It will teach the benefits of breast feeding and how to make sure mums have privacy. There are also tips on bottle feeding and weaning, reports The Sun.

Bosses at Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire say they want to improve care for mums who use the 13 nurseries and family support centres they run.

But the Campaign For Real Education branded it "crazy political correctness".

Chairman Nick Seaton said: "It is ridiculous and embarrassing."

Course teacher Michelle Atkin said: "They will learn to avoid a situation of embarrassment, like telling a mother 'you shouldn't be doing that'."

Breast feeding makes some men uncomfortable because they don't know enough about it. It is not ridiculous and shouldn't be embarrassing for a man to learn how and why children are fed this way.

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