Two towns are best for breast
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