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Inquiry into Breastfeeding

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Terms of Reference

“The Committee shall inquire into and report on how the Commonwealth government can take a lead role to improve the health of the Australian population through support for breastfeeding. The Committee shall give particular consideration to:

a. the extent of the health benefits of breastfeeding;

b.evaluate the impact of marketing of breast milk substitutes on breastfeeding rates and, in particular, in disadvantaged, Indigenous and remote communities;

c. the potential short and long term impact on the health of Australians of increasing the rate of breastfeeding;

d. initiatives to encourage breastfeeding;

e. examine the effectiveness of current measures to promote breastfeeding; and

f. the impact of breastfeeding on the long term sustainability of Australia’s health system.”

(29 November 2006)

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