We often hear the term, ‘breast is best’, but what if mothers feel it’s impossible to breastfeed when they’re away from home, without judgement?Advertisement
Families and Babies (FAB) has provided a breastfeeding peer support service within Central Lancashire for over ten years.
In April 2018 Lancashire County Council commissioned FAB to offer breastfeeding support to women for a further three years. Part of that service not only included peer support but also breastfeeding promotion.
FAB wants women to feel comfortable to breastfeed in any environment. More importantly, they want them to feel supported so that they don’t feel hostility when doing something completely natural.
One way to show this is by creating a list of breastfeeding friendly places in different areas across Lancashire.
Their aim is for breastfeeding to be supported in our community by the whole of our community. Therefore, they ask companies to fill out a survey.
The premises must pledge that:
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Katie McWalters, FAB’s Lancashire Locality Manager said: “Mums tell us that sometimes feeding out and about is a barrier to breastfeeding and is often the reason for stopping breastfeeding sooner than they would like.
“We have seen many mums coming along to our breastfeeding support groups so that they can get used to feeding out and about but within a safe space with trained peer supporters.”
She also spoke to mums who said:
Breastfeeding friendly places in Preston can be found on the FAB website.
Companies that want to support breastfeeding can also fill in the survey for FAB to review.
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