SCHOOLCHILDREN should be taught about breastfeeding, fertility and miscarriages to avoid feeling "worthless and demonised" when they hit baby speed bumps later in life, the Australian Medical Association says.

AMA chief Dr Michael Gannon said Australians need to be better educated and believes fertility problems and miscarriages should be discussed with teenagers in the school system.

"As an obstetrician I see how a woman can feel worthless and even demonised if she struggles to breastfeed. While breastfeeding is the best option for the baby, sometimes there are anatomical restrictions that make it difficult and it is no one's fault," Dr Gannon said.

"We can do so much better with the quality of antenatal education. A national strategy to inform children from high school age of all aspects of having a baby would be welcomed," he said.

More at The Courier-Mail

News Corp Australia


Council-owned entity in talks over city bowling alley

premium_icon Council-owned entity in talks over city bowling alley

Ipswich has been starved of a premier bowling alley since 2011

'Rip it up': Sanity prevails in speeding ticket debacle

premium_icon 'Rip it up': Sanity prevails in speeding ticket debacle

Driver wins school zone fine fight

Why all the fuss about Amberley weather station, Ipswich?

premium_icon Why all the fuss about Amberley weather station, Ipswich?

Ipswich people are constantly deriding its readings

Local Partners