National Childbirth Trust president quits in breastfeeding row

Charity must remain a campaigning voice for women, says ex-head Seána Talbot

For 60 years, it has been the UK’s go-to charity for expectant parents in need of antenatal advice and breastfeeding support. But last week the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) was plunged into crisis amid acrimonious rows about infant feeding and the type of postnatal support it offers, following the abrupt resignation of its president.

Seána Talbot, a volunteer who has twice been elected president by the charity’s 50,000 grassroots members, resigned earlier this month, saying the charity was being led in a direction she could not support.

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