So, I made a number of Freedom of Information Requests to several Public Authorities. The Department for Education has came back rather promptly on the request I made to them DfE – Breast is Best, refusing the request stating that the information is not held. However… This is clearly untrue. I did a simple Google Search (to the left) and it resulted in a rather useful peice of information: The very first result being the Thesaurus Term for Breastfeeding. This term inturn links through to the related content: Diet and nutrition in Early Years from 26 April 2012. The most useful piece of information on this page clearly states the following:
Infancy and childhood are of critical importance in the development of healthy bodies and habits. For example, breastfeeding gives babies all the nutrients they need and provides both mother and baby with a range of health benefits. The current advice is to continue for six months or longer.
Whilst I understand that it could well be the fact that this information is exempt under Section 21 of the FOI Act, the notice stated that no information was held. This is clearly untrue. I am obviously asking for an internal review on this basis. As I have found this information by a very simple Google search, it appears clear that the DfE hold information on this subject.