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MARYHILL AND WOODSIDE BREASTFEEDING WELCOME AWARDS

December 02, 2003 10:43 AM

Asda, Safeway,Tesco, McDonalds, Mothercare, libraries and health centres are among 23 places receiving a Breastfeeding Welcome Award today.  The awards will be presented at Woodside Library by Patricia Ferguson MSP.  Each award winner will receive a certificate and stickers showing the Breastfeeding Welcome logo for display on their premises.

The Breastfeed Welcome Award is an award for public places that welcome breastfeeding mothers and their babies.  Local businesses, libraries and health centres were asked to participate in a scheme allowing mothers to breastfeed on their premises. 

The premises were visited by volunteer mothers who breastfed their babies whilst they were there, and reported back on their experience.  The public places receive the Breastfeeding Welcome Award if the mothers' reports are positive.

The award scheme is run as a joint project with representatives from Greater Glasgow NHS Board, Glasgow City Council and local voluntary groups.

Leah Granat, Breastfeeding Development Worker said "Mothers often express feelings of anxiety about breastfeeding in public places, particularly fears of ‘being thrown out', or made the centre of attention by critical comments.

"Breastfeeding mothers are enthusiastic about the idea of public places displaying Breastfeeding Welcome stickers, which they feel gives them the security and confidence to go about their daily business, breastfeeding their child as and when necessary. 

"The response from the management and staff of those taking part has been very positive

"Local pregnant women say they will be more likely to breastfeed knowing that there are plenty of places they can breastfeed whilst out shopping or meeting friends for coffee."

New mothers can often feel very vulnerable but as Frances, mother of Sid, three months and Lucas, two, says "I just don't think you should be forced to go and sit in a room to breastfeed your child.  It should be any time, any place, anywhere."

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Current advice from the Department of Health and World Health Organisation is that all babies should be exclusively breastfed for around six months.

Statistics for 2002 show that only 52.2% of mothers in the Maryhill and Woodside areas begin to breastfeed their baby at birth.  By hospital discharge this figure has already fallen to 42.8%.

Ten days after birth the figure has fallen t0 37.9% and by six weeks only 28.1% of mothers are still breastfeeding.

Full list of public places who received the Breastfeeding Welcome Award are:

Anderston Library

Maryhill Library

Woodside Library

Hillhead Library

Partick Library

Napiershall Street Centre

Garscube Playrooms

Maryhill Citizens' Advice Bureau

Maryhill Community Halls

North West Women's Centre

Mothercare, Anniesland Cross

Asda, Summerston

Safeway, Anniesland Cross

Tesco, Maryhill Road

McDonald, Maryhill Road

Kelvin Medical Centre

Dr Gaw and Dr Esler, Woodside Health Centre

Drs Glekin, Glekin and Sutherland, Woodside Health Centre

Woodside Dental Practice, Woodside Health Centre

Physiotherapy Department, Woodside Health Centre

Dr Harris and Partners, Maryhill Health Centre

Podiatry Department, Maryhill Health Centre

Physiotherapy Department, Maryhill Health Centre

For further information contact Lorraine Dick on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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