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Complainant Name:
Nicki Graham

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: That's Life

Complaint:

Nicki Graham complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine had published an article which incorrectly stated as fact that breast-feeding had left a woman infertile. In reality, there was no medical evidence in the piece to suggest that the woman could not conceive - it merely reported her fear that this might be the case - and the article failed to properly take into account other health concerns which may have an impact on fertility.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement in the magazine:

Our 8 September issue carried an interview with Ms Nina Hanney in which she described her eating disorder and how, after giving birth, she tried to accelerate her weight loss through a combination of dieting and breastfeeding. We would like to make clear that the article and coverline (‘My warning to Mums: breastfeeding left me infertile') were based on Ms Hanney's fears, rather than any medical testing, and that breastfeeding cannot cause infertility.

Date Published: 02/12/2011



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