Some breastfeeding women are nervous about feeding while out and about, and will often feed at home, or, simply not go out.
Café and business owners can give a welcoming smile, perhaps find her a comfortable seat with space for her buggy if she needs it, offer her a glass of water or bring her drink over to her.
A woman has the right to breastfeed her child. Anywhere. Anytime. Any age. Whether you run a café, pub, shop, cinema or any other business you can play a vital role in helping women feel comfortable to breastfeed. As per the Equality Act 2010, businesses cannot discriminate against a woman breastfeeding a child.
- Train your employees to be aware of women’s right to breastfeed in public.
- Remember that you have a responsibility to breastfeeding mothers. If other customers behaviour has been brought to your attention and you fail to act you can be held responsible for this.
- You can put up a #BesideYou sticker or poster to show all customers that you support breastfeeding mothers
- Familiarise yourself with the laws to accommodate breastfeeding employees and follow best practice guidelines
- Join the #BesideYou Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and let women in Kent and Medway know that they are welcome to breastfeed at your venue.
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