Support for mums and carers
ALPINE Health and Alpine Shire Council are working together to identify supportive environments for breastfeeding mums, carers and babies as part of an effort to improve healthy eating from birth.
Focus groups with local mums and carers revealed that they feel more comfortable breastfeeding in venues that display an Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)’s Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker and that further promotion of the program in the Alpine Shire would be beneficial to continue increasing support and awareness.
Alpine Health health promotion officer Katie Murray is this month visiting venues across the shire with registration forms and stickers, to help venues sign up for the program.
“The Breastfeeding Welcome Here program was developed by the ABA to improve community acceptability of breastfeeding in public through the promotion of breastfeeding friendly premises,” Ms Murray said.
“These can be anything from a cafe to a hairdresser, community centre or a public library.”
Venues can receive a Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker to display that they welcome breastfeeding on their premises if staff and management welcome it, if it is a smoke free environment, and if there is room for prams.
“It’s important that our mums feel supported to breastfeed in public when they need to, and that there are comfortable, warm places in our towns that welcome breastfeeding mums and bubs,” Ms Murray said.
“Registration is simple, taking only a few minutes and requiring only the basic contact details of the business to be supplied.
“Some venues may choose not to display the sticker in their front window but people can check for registered venues online through the ABA’s website.”
Registration can be completed by visiting www. breastfeeding. asn. au/ services/welcome or by contacting Katie Murray on 0439 380 490 while existing Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues can be viewed at www. breastfeeding. asn. au/ services/welcome/venues
Further breastfeeding support in the Alpine Shire includes an electric breast pump available through the Maternal and Child Health service.
To access this you can contact Dee McKerral on 0417 147 120.
WELCOME HERE: Denise Lowe with grandson Tom outside Sixpence Coffee in Bright - a registered venue supportive of breastfeeding mums.