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Country makes breastfeeding mandatory

  • A new law in the United Arab Emirates doesn't only encourage women to breastfeed but makes it necessary for them to do so until the child is two years of age. 

    A support group for mothers suffering from postnatal illness called it every child's right and a "duty and not an option."

    "The danger is that with the threat of punishment, these women could face additional stress at an already challenging time, risking serious repercussions and potentially contributing to postnatal depression," the source said. 

    The social affairs minister of the nation is against the law as well. "This part of the law can be a burden" since husbands would get to sue their wives if they don't breastfeed. "If they do not have a mother or have been neglected, then they should get this right from someone else."

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