Teach kids about miscarriages, fertility earlier: Doctors

SCHOOLCHILDREN should be taught about breastfeeding, fertility and miscarriages to avoid feeling "worthless and demonised" when they hit baby speed bumps later in life, the Australian Medical Association says.

AMA chief Dr Michael Gannon said Australians need to be better educated and believes fertility problems and miscarriages should be discussed with teenagers in the school system.

"As an obstetrician I see how a woman can feel worthless and even demonised if she struggles to breastfeed. While breastfeeding is the best option for the baby, sometimes there are anatomical restrictions that make it difficult and it is no one's fault," Dr Gannon said.

"We can do so much better with the quality of antenatal education. A national strategy to inform children from high school age of all aspects of having a baby would be welcomed," he said.

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