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Value of milk tokens for breast feeding mothers should be increased

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1484
  1. Rhona J Mcinnes,
  2. David M Tappin
  1. Research assistant Senior lecturer Paediatric Epidemiology and Community Health Unit, Department of Child Health, Yorkhill NHS Trust Hospital, Glasgow G3 8SJ

    EDITOR,—In the deprived housing estates on the periphery of Glasgow roughly 7% of babies are breast fed at the end of the first week of life. Much research has related infant feeding to maternal background and socioeconomic status,1 2 and, despite promotional efforts, breast feeding continues to decrease in these areas.

    Families receiving income support are eligible for milk tokens, which can be exchanged for 7 pints (4 litres) of milk a week by breast feeding mothers or for one 900 g tin of infant formula a week by mothers …

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