Published Thu, 2011-04-07 17:35; updated 2 years ago.

The Department of Health has withdrawn its funding for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week this year.

The annual campaign to promote breastfeeding was scheduled to take place between Sunday, 19 June and Saturday, 25 June, 2011, but a spokesman for the Department of Health has confirmed that no funding would be available this year.

She said: "The department is unable to offer any funding this year for National Breastfeeding Week.

"However, support and information is currently available to health professionals and parents via NHS Choices, the National Breastfeeding Helpline, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and the peer support programmes.

"We value the work being done by many of the dedicated professional bodies and other organisations in this area who, along with the government, are committed to promoting breastfeeding.

"During this transition phase, we will be considering how infant nutrition will be delivered to support better health outcomes."

The spokesman added: "We hope that the good work continues, enabling key partners to plan and run coordinated events and activities in support of breastfeeding.

"As part of the government's Big Society agenda, we will continue to provide information to key partners to support and encourage local activities to deliver better health outcomes."