Breastfeeding Friendly Wakefield
What are we aiming to do?
Our aim is to successfully support all women who choose to breastfeed; this guide
explains why and how you can help. We recognise that some women choose not to
breastfeed (and very rarely are truly unable to) or do not receive the right information
or support to enable them to do so.
Why is breastfeeding so important?
Breastfeeding is the foundation of good nutrition and protects children against
disease; it also supports healthy brain development. It contributes to reductions in
infant mortality and increases children’s chances of the best start in life and leading
a future healthy life. Breastfeeding is also associated with the development of
healthy attachment relationships between mothers and babies and therefore
improved long term emotional and mental well-being, social development and
For mothers, the benefits of breastfeeding include: a reduction in the risk of
developing breast / ovarian cancers and post-natal depression; and a return to
pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.
No other health behaviour has such a broad-spectrum and long-lasting impact on
Mothers have the legal right to breastfeed anywhere (2010 Equality Act) but many do not feel confident in doing so.
If you want to find somewhere to feed your baby that provides a welcoming atmosphere then look out for the breastfeeding friendly sticker in cafes, restaurants, GP surgeries, libraries, schools, community centres and many more.
Where can I get help?
Free breastfeeding support and information is available for families living in Wakefield.
Call Families and Babies on 01924 851901, 24 hours a day, or visit their
We encourage and support local business to welcome breastfeeding in all public areas of their premises. We want families to feel supported to feed their babies and confident to carry on breastfeeding for as long as they choose to.
Sign your business up to the Breastfeeding Friendly Charter
By signing up to the
Breastfeeding Friendly Charter you will help reassure mothers they can feed their babies in an supportive and welcoming environment.
The charter also provides good publicity for businesses by recognising quality customer service and attracting new customers through the networking of mothers and their friends and family.
If you're a business simply become Breastfeeding Friendly by:
- Signing up to a
breastfeeding friendly policy
- Displaying the breastfeeding friendly sticker/logo on your premises
- Ensuring all staff know that your service supports breastfeeding on the premises
- Download and complete the
Once signed up we will send you a welcome pack with a window sticker and certificate. Your premises will be profiled as breastfeeding friendly and uploaded to the list and map on this page.
Sign up by returning your form to
Find Out More
If you need more support to become breastfeeding friendly download the
'how-to guide' or email
There are no costs. You can sign up by emailing
New online course
Families and Babies Wakefield (FAB) have developed an online course which aims to help parents-to-be understand more about feeding their new baby.
The course is free and it is quick and easy to create an account to access it. Partners and supporters are also welcome to register
The course covers bonding and attachment, early days, breastfeeding information and more.