A law has been passed in the United Arab Emirates that requires mothers to breastfeed their children until they are two years old. The clause in the Child Rights law was passed by the Federal National Council despite concerns from the Social Affairs minister and a mother’s support organisation.
A member of the committee who is in favour of the law said that breastfeeding is a duty and not an option - and that where a child’s mother has died or cannot breastfeed a wet nurse should be provided. Out of the Blues, a Dubai based postnatal illness group, responded detailing their concerns for vulnerable new mums and queried how this law would be implemented. You can read their full response here: