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The official launch of the Breastfeeding Manifesto was held in the House of Commons on 16 May 2007 during National Breastfeeding Week.

In the build up to the launch thousands of supporters across the country sent in specially-designed postcards urging MPs to add their name in support of the Manifesto. It catalysed support within Parliament and led to well over a third of all MPs pledging their backing.

(Don't forget to check the parliamentary supporters page to see if your MP has signed up. If not please download one of our 'A4 postcards' by clicking here, print and send it off to your MP to ensure they sign up.)

Our launch was marked by a press conference with Unicef Ambassador Jemima Khan and a parliamentary reception at the Atrium bar. There was also a surge of local activity, up and down the country and we are grateful for the overwhelming energy of everyone who was involved. 

 

 At the reception we were grateful for the supportive speeches of Government Minister Caroline Flint (Minister of State for Public Health) and Professor Mary Renfrew (Professor of Mother and Infant Health at the University of York) and for the presence of some of our high-profile supporters including England footballer Theo Walcott.

 

The launch was a great success but it is only the beginning, and the coalition is dedicated to keeping up the fight until all seven objectives are acted upon.

  

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