Mums are wel­come Town’s breast­feed­ing push

Hamilton Advertiser - - RELIGION - Staff re­porter

Over 50 premises in Hamil­ton, Both­well and Ud­dingston have now signed up to NHS La­nark­shire’s breast­feed­ing scheme.

A to­tal of 57 busi­nesses now have ‘Breast­feed­ing Wel­come’ signs up.

Louise James from the La­nark­shire Breast­feed­ing Ini­tia­tive (LBI), who im­ple­ments the cam­paign on be­half of NHS La­nark­shire, said: “Some women lack con­fi­dence to breast­feed in pub­lic and we want mums to know they can go into places, be able to breast­feed their baby and feel com­fort­able, that is why this cam­paign is so im­por­tant.

“The lo­cal busi­nesses who have joined the cam­paign to sup­port breast­feed­ing fam­i­lies of­fer a warm wel­come to breast­feed­ing mums on their premises.

“I am de­lighted that so many busi­nesses have got in­volved and are show­ing their sup­port to the cam­paign.”

NHS La­nark­shire have also up­loaded a se­ries of videos to their Face­book page that deal with breast­feed­ing.

Su­san Short, pub­lic health nutri­tion­ist, added: “We hope that by us­ing these videos and know­ing where in La­nark­shire you can be con­fi­dent in breast­feed­ing that we are help­ing to make breast­feed­ing as easy as pos­si­ble for new mums.

“We would also en­cour­age women to come along to our breast­feed­ing groups which are a fab­u­lous way to meet other mums and get help and sup­port when you need it.”

There is also now a huge range of places who have signed up to the “breast­feed­ing wel­come” scheme across La­nark­shire – en­sur­ing breast­feed­ing mums have the sup­port they need when out and about.

A re­cent event held at Hamil­ton Breast­feed­ing group pre­sented cer­tifi­cates to a range of busi­nesses in Both­well, Hamil­ton and Ud­dingston who have signed up to the scheme.

These lo­cal busi­nesses were praised in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts to make mums feel es­pe­cially wel­come to breast­feed their ba­bies on their premises and for their sup­port of La­nark­shire Breast­feed­ing Ini­tia­tive’s Breast­feed­ing Friendly Cam­paign.

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