Gloucestershire Welcomes Breastfeeding is a joint initiative between NHS Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters’ Network (GBSN). It aims to make it easier for mums to recognise places where they can breastfeed their babies confidently and comfortably when they’re out and about in the community.
Here in Gloucestershire there are many restaurants, coffee shops and leisure facilities that welcome breastfeeding families. We know that many new mothers feel a little apprehensive the first few times that they venture out with their new baby. To make things, hopefully, a little easier for you we are launching a new scheme so that you can spot places that will welcome you.
To find out where they are look out for the ‘Gloucestershire Welcomes Breastfeeding’ sticker in the windows of local businesses. Businesses displaying the window sticker have agreed that:
- Breastfeeding is acceptable in all areas of the business premises that are open to the general public and women who are breastfeeding will not be asked to stop or to move to another area.
- Staff members will be aware that some women prefer privacy when feeding so will offer a private area if one is available.
- All staff members will be aware of the membership of the scheme and will be supportive to the needs of breastfeeding mums.
They will display the window sticker so members of the public are aware of their membership to the scheme.
The list of participating businesses will be updated regularly, so keep visiting the website for more details. Don’t forget to nominate good spots in your local area.
Further information will also be available for you at the hospitals and birthing units and at your local Children’s Centre.