Businesses encouraged to sign up to breastfeeding award
Businesses and organisations are being encouraged to sign up to our 'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' award.
Breastfeeding-friendly businesses which welcome mums who breastfeed can apply for the award.
The scheme is free to join and has been launched in Chesterfield before being rolled out across the rest of Derbyshire by April 2015.
There is a set of criteria that businesses need to meet, such as providing a comfortable place for women to feed their babies and ensuring staff are aware of the organisation's award.
There are significant benefits to the businesses that achieve the award:
- Families who feel welcome are more likely to stay longer and return in the future
- Improved service to customers
- Positive publicity
- Increased business and new customers
Along with a brief inspection of their premises to achieve the award businesses need to pledge to:
- Provide a comfortable place for women to breastfeed (this doesn't need to be a separate room)
- Treat breastfeeding mums the same as any other customer
- Know how to deal with comments from other customers
- Display the 'Welcome to breastfeed here' sticker and certificate
- Maintain a three-star hygiene rating for food outlets
Our Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said:
We know that breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life and also has great benefits for mums too.
"Mums need to feel confident that there are comfortable, friendly places where they can feed their children. It's important that any barriers to breastfeeding are broken down.
"The Breastfeeding Welcome Here award is all part of changing attitudes to breastfeeding in public."
As well as championing breastfeeding the county council, in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, has achieved the highest possible recognition with UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Stage 3 accreditation for the quality of support and information given to new mums to enable them to breastfeed and the welcoming standards in their premises.
All new breastfeeding mums can get support from a breastfeeding support worker. The workers are all mums who have breastfed themselves and have been trained to mentor and guide new mums through the early stages of breastfeeding. Mothers-to-be should ask their midwife about the service.
Businesses and organisations wishing to sign up to the award scheme should visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/breastfeedingwelcome (opens in a new window) or contact Victoria Cummins on 07972 662 312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org