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Overstretched health visitors caring for up to 2,400 families each

Exclusive: concerns for mental health and breastfeeding rates owing to already overstretched service in England

  • Alone and in pain: one woman’s struggle for support

Overstretched health visitors have been forced to care for up to 2,400 families with newborns at a time, 10 times the recommended number, according to the sector’s most senior figure.

Prompting fears that breastfeeding rates will drop to new lows and a generation of babies could face a troubled future, Cheryll Adams, the chief executive of the Institute of Health Visiting, told the Guardian that as sickness and redeployment struck, some health visitors were having to care for thousands of families.

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