Two towns are best for breast

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang groups and busi­nesses are lead­ing the way in sup­port­ing b re a s t feed­ing acro s s La­nark­shire.

Nearly a quar­ter of all or­gan­i­sa­tions signed up to NHS La­nark­shire’s Breast­feed­ing Friendly Cam­paign come from the two towns.

The La­nark­shire Breast­feed­ing Ini­tia­tive aims to pro­mote, pro­tect and cel­e­brate sup­port for the prac­tice.

It was re­vealed at the re­cent La­nark­shire Breast­feed­ing Ini­tia­tive (LBI) AGM that over 400 places across La­nark­shire sup­port breast­feed­ing by of­fer­ing a spe­cial wel­come through membership of the scheme.

And the Re­former can re­veal 95 are based in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

The list in­cludes dozens of phar­ma­cies, nurs­eries and pub­lic build­ings such as Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute and Ruther­glen Town Hall.

Town Hall man­ager Colin McWil­liams told the Re­former they had never had any com­plaints from the pub­lic about breats­feed­ing.

He added: “We’re proud to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

“At Ruther­glen Town Hall we are re­spect­ful to any of our cus­tomers who wish to breast­feed their chil­dren on the premises.”

Busi­nesses com­mit­ted to the cam­paign in­clude Tesco in Ruther­glen, Mor­risons in Cam­bus­lang and the King’s Park Ho­tel.

In con­trast, East Kil­bride has just 41 places signed up while Hamil­ton has 31.

Louise James from the LBI said: “Breast­feed­ing is so im­por­tant it’s pro­tected by law. The Breast­feed­ing (Scot­land) Act makes it an of­fence to pre­vent or stop a per­son in charge of a child feed­ing that child milk in a pub­lic place.

“As part of the cam­paign we’ve con­sulted al­most 500 mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing women who are preg­nant or have re­cently had a child, on their aware­ness of the law and the ex­ist­ing cam­paign.

“As a re­sult this year we are in­creas­ing aware­ness of both by in­tro­duc­ing the new Breast­feed­ing Wel­come Award.

“Premises re­ceive a Breast­feed­ing Wel­come Award win­dow sticker to dis­play so breast­feed­ing fam­i­lies know they can be as­sured of a very warm wel­come.

“We will con­tinue to host cel­e­bra­tion events across La­nark­shire to pro­mote this, which in the past have been sup­ported by lo­cal breast­feed­ing fam­i­lies, the com­mu­nity, NHS La­nark­shire’s board and lo­cal MSPs.”

NHS La­nark­shire non- ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber Mar­garet Mor­ris said: “Breast­feed­ing has long-term ben­e­fits for both moth­ers and ba­bies.

“It pro­tects moth­ers from hip frac­tures and some breast and ovar­ian can­cers and in ba­bies it greatly re­duces the risk of di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing, chest in­fec­tions and be­ing hos­pi­talised as a re­sult.

“It also re­duces the risk of obe­sity, al­ler­gies and de­vel­op­ing type two di­a­betes and other ill­nesses later in life.”

Any or­gan­i­sa­tion that wants to be recog­nised by the Breast­feed­ing Wel­come Award or any in­di­vid­ual who has an in­ter­est in sup­port­ing the LBI can visit www. face­book. com/ La­nark­shire­Breast­feedingIni­tia­tive.

Sup­port­ers Ruther­glen Town Hall and lo­cal busi­nesses are get­ting in­volved

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