Over 70 organisations sign up to Breastfeeding Friendly scheme
Over 70 cafes, restaurants and community venues have signed up to Wakefield's Breastfeeding Friendly scheme, a year since the initiative was launched.
The initiative is to ensure there are places in the district which are recognisably supportive to women who wish to breastfeed their babies and help reduce stigmas of breastfeeding in public.
GP surgeries, leisure centres and other businesses and organisations have also backed the scheme, by pledging to provide a welcoming environment for breastfeeding mums and their families in their premises.
The successful scheme is being highlighted during Breastfeeding Celebration Week (June 26 – July 1).
Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: "I'm so pleased that so many venues are backing this initiative and I'd like to encourage more organisations to join in. It would be great if next year we had 100 venues signed up and supporting mums and their families across our district."
In Wakefield, only six out of ten mothers breastfeed their newborns and just three out of ten are still breastfeeding their babies six to eight weeks later.
Research shows that breastfeeding helps to protect babies against infection and illness and lowers the risk of cancer in mothers.
Many women stop breastfeeding as they feel like can't breastfeed outside the privacy of their own home.
Places taking part display a sticker to show they have signed up to a breastfeeding friendly policy.
More information and a map of the breastfeeding friendly venues currently signed up in the district can be viewed at www.wakefield.gov.uk/breastfeeding.
Businesses that would like to sign up to the charter can do so by visiting www.wakefield.gov.uk/breastfeeding. They need to complete the registration form and checklist on our website –advice and guidance is available. Once signed up, they will be sent a welcome pack, sticker and certificate.
Support is available to mums who need advice or help with breastfeeding including new online support. There are also a number of drop in community clinics and support groups throughout the district. Visit: www.familiesandbabies.org.uk/wakefield-district or ring 01924 851 901.