Breast feeding friendly services
In Scotland it is a legal right for a woman to feed her baby whenever and wherever she needs to do so. In East Lothian we want to encourage premises open to the public to go one step further by providing additional support for breastfeeding mothers.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme helps mothers to feel more confident breastfeeding in public whilst assisting local businesses and agencies to actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of their community.
Achieving accreditation is simple. To join the scheme, please fill in the application form on the NHS Lothian website.
In order for premises to be eligible they must:
- provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding mothers
- allow them to breastfeed in all public areas
- be clean and comfortable
- and have a statement of intent or policy (a generic one is available) that is communicated to all staff.
Click on this online map to check out venues across Scotland which have agreed to be featured.
In addition it is desirable for staff to identify a private area for those mothers who request it, although this is not essential.
A certificate of accreditation is awarded and promotional glass stickers are given.