NHS Leeds has been working with local mums to discover what barriers they face when looking to breastfeed their babies in public. Now the Leeds NHS is directing its attention to the residents of the city, working with them and local businesses to create an environment in which breastfeeding mums are welcomed, supported and made to feel comfortable.
John Lawlor, Chief Executive for NHS Leeds, says: “It is really important that mums are given all the support they need when feeding their children. I’m delighted that all NHS trusts in the city and Leeds City Council are supporting this initiative so that we can proudly claim that Leeds is Breastfeeding Friendly. Now we need the support of local businesses and community organisations. All they need to do is sign up to the scheme and receive a free resource pack including display materials.”
Only by taking these few small steps can we change attitudes towards breastfeeding in public. To help local mums find out where Breastfeeding Friendly venues are in Leeds a dedicated website has been set up: www.breastfeeding.leeds.nhs.uk