MLA’s call to ‘highlight benefits of breastfeeding’

More needs to be done to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding to expectant mothers, East Antrim MLA and UUP health spokesperson Roy Beggs has said.

Mr Beggs was speaking during was the recent Breastival event in Belfast, organised to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) have expressed concern at the low rates of breastfeeding in Europe which was adversely affecting health,” he said.

“There seems to be a societal lack of awareness that breastfeeding has been scientifically proven to benefit both the mother and child. As well as increasing bonding between mother and child, breastmilk contains important antibodies, hormones, anti-viruses, anti-allergies, anti-parasites, growth factors and enzymes which are absent from formula milk.

“Benefits for breastfed infants include reduced risk of infections, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, in addition to a reduced likelihood of allergies. It is important that we as a society try to encourage and support mums who breastfeed. Long term health benefits for mothers include reduced risks for cancer and obesity.”

Research by UNICEF shows that the United Kingdom has the second lowest rate of breastfeeding in Europe. Within the UK, Northern Ireland had the lowest breastfeeding initiation rate at 64%, compared to 71% in Wales, 74% in Scotland and 83% in England. Scandinavian countries have rates of over 90% by comparison.

“More needs to be done to set out the benefits of breast milk to expectant mothers,” Mr Beggs added. “More support is needed in hospital with ongoing support and encouragement at home vital to improve uptake rates. It is important for husbands and partners to recognise the benefits of breastfeeding so that they too are supportive.”

“There needs to be greater awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and to normalise breastfeeding in the 21st century, with all the health benefits.”


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Register for childcare vouchers scheme – Beggs

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to ensure that they are registered for childcare vouchers, with the scheme due to close to new entrants on October 4.

This could mean that new parents and working families not registered before then, in addition to those who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on up to £933 each year.

“It is important that the message gets out to the community that the six-month extension from March 2018 is coming to an end and the deadline for new entrants is fast approaching,” the UUP representative said.

“I would urge working parent constituents to contact the Employers for Childcare charity helpline 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.”

A spokesperson from Employers for Childcare added: “It’s imperative that we make as many working parents aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice before October 4.

“This is the last chance for many working parents here to register with the scheme. Working parents who received a personal benefit check from us last year gained an average of £4,130 as a result of their call.”


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Register for childcare vouchers scheme – Beggs – Larne Times

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to ensure that they are registered for childcare vouchers, with the scheme due to close to new entrants on October 4.

This could mean that new parents and working families not registered before then, in addition to those who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on up to £933 each year.

“It is important that the message gets out to the community that the six-month extension from March 2018 is coming to an end and the deadline for new entrants is fast approaching,” the UUP representative said.

“I would urge working parent constituents to contact the Employers for Childcare charity helpline 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.”

A spokesperson from Employers for Childcare added: “It’s imperative that we make as many working parents aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice before October 4.

“This is the last chance for many working parents here to register with the scheme. Working parents who received a personal benefit check from us last year gained an average of £4,130 as a result of their call.”


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Politicians call for ‘Billy’s Law’ in Northern Ireland



Cannabis treatment: Billy Caldwell
Cannabis treatment: Billy Caldwell

Cannabis treatment: Billy Caldwell

By Staff Reporter

August 8 2018

The Co Tyrone mother of a teenager with epilepsy is calling for a new ‘Billy’s Law’ to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Charlotte Caldwell successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in Britain after her son Billy’s medicine was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11.

Now a cross-party group of politicians will gather at Stormont to push for the law to be changed here.

The Castlederg woman said that while families in Britain can expect to be seamlessly prescribed medicinal cannabis by specialist doctors, as announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid, those here have to apply for several licences before they can receive the life-changing medication.

Ms Caldwell said: “Such decisions should be agreed by a Northern Irish Assembly, but as there is currently no government in Northern Ireland, the matter cannot be a devolved decision. But there is enormous support for what is being called ‘Billy’s Law’ – bringing Northern Ireland medicinal cannabis policy in line with the rest of the UK.

“Therefore we are assembling a cross-party group of politicians, from local councillors through to senior MPs, who, for once, are all agreeing this should happen.”

The group will gather at Stormont on Friday in a bid to highlight Billy’s Law.

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs, Sinn Fein MP Orfhlaith Begley, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw and SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan are among the representatives who have indicated their support.

They will meet to agree on the content of a letter which has been drafted by Dr John Burton and calls on legislation here to be brought into line with other regions of the UK.

The elected officials will then be invited to sign the document, which will be delivered to the Home Office.

A spokesperson for the campaign expressed optimism that Mr Javid will pay attention to the “enormous support” in favour of implementing the changes here.

“It is vital that politicians from all parties express their support and when they do, I am confident that the UK Government will listen,” they said.

A spokesman from the Department of Health said: “In the absence of an Executive, the department in consultation with legal advisers, continues to try and find a way forward on this very complex issue.”

Belfast Telegraph


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Childcare Vouchers closing to new entrants – apply now to avoid missing out

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has urged constituents to ensure that the are registered for Childcare Vouchers with the scheme due to close to new entrants on 4th October 2018. This could mean that new parents and working families not registered before then, in addition to those who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on up to £933 each year.

Roy Beggs MLA said “It is important that the message gets out to the community that the 6 month extension from March 2018 is coming to an end and the deadline for new entrants is fast approaching. I would urge working parent constituents to contact the Employers for Childcare charity helpline 0800 028 3008 or email hello@employersforchildcare.org.”

A Spokesperson from Employers for Childcare said “Some parents have less than 4 weeks to register so it’s imperative that we make as many working parents aware that they must register now and make one salary sacrifice before 4th October. This is the last chance for many working parents here to register with the scheme. Working parents who received a personal benefit check from us last year gained an average of £4,130 as a result of their call.”

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