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Complainant Name:
Nicki Graham

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: That's Life


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.


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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