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Law ensures breastfeeding rights
Baby breastfeeding
The Breastfeeding (Scotland) Act has come into force
A new law giving mothers the right to breastfeed in public has come into effect.

The legislation makes it an offence to stop nursing mothers from feeding their babies in places like bars, buses and shopping centres.

Businesses who break the law risk a fine of up to 2,500.

The new rights were intially proposed by the Labour MSP Elaine Smith, who hopes to increase breastfeeding rates, and passed by parliament in November.

MSPs voted by 103 to 13 to bring the Breastfeeding (Scotland) Bill into force last year.

The new law covers breastfeeding women as well as anyone feeding milk to toddlers in licensed premises where children are already allowed to enter.

Conservative politicians voted against the proposals and were in favour of a voluntary code of practice, branding the move an example of "the nanny state taken to the extreme".

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