Source: The Mercury, 26 November, 1996, p.7
ATTITUDES on breast- feeding in public are the subject of a study in southern Tasmania. The study, by the De- partment of Community and Health Services and the Nursing Mothers As- sociation, will involve vol- unteers surveying at least 200 people at Metro bus stops. Department nutrition- ist Roger Hughes said bus stops would be used as survey sites because they provided a broad cross- section of society and be- cause Metro buses would later be used in a cam- paign to promote breast- feeding in public as a normal activity. Mr Hughes said that even if the survey find- ings indicated en- trenched opposition to breastfeeding in public the promotional cam- paign would proceed in an attempt to create a supportive environment for public breast feeding. The campaign was ex- pected to begin in Febru- ary, with results of the survey to be analysed over the following month. Mr Hughes said that while research showed a large number of develop- mental, health and econ- omic benefits were associ- ated with breastfeeding, mothers were often reluc- tant to breastfeed in pub- lic.
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