Thursday 19 December 2013
United Arab Emirates to pass law requiring mothers to breastfeed
A view of the old residential area of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A view of the old residential area of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Basil D Soufi/Wikimedia Commons
By Erin Conroy

The United Arab Emirates has added a breastfeeding mandate to its child welfare law. The country's federal council has approved a requirement that all children must be breast fed until the age of two. The clause will go into effect after it is signed by the president. Council members said mothers who are not able to breastfeed should use a wet nurse. The law would apply both to locals and to expatriates, who make up most of the Gulf country's population. RFI spoke to Tracy Kavanagh, a lactation consultant in the United Arab Emirates, who says the new law could cause problems for many mothers.

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