New mums will be paid up to £200 in shopping vouchers if they agree to breastfeed their newborns.
But although those behind the trial scheme have said that “breast milk … provides all (babies) need for the first six months of their life”, they have also admitted they are powerless to stop the money being spent on cigarettes and alcohol and that it is impossible to know for a fact whether or not women are telling the truth.
Others have also criticised what they say sets a “dangerous and insidious precedent” in suggesting parents need financial incentives to look after their children.
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