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."
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:
Napiershall Street Centre
Maryhill Citizens' Advice Bureau
Maryhill Community Halls
North West Women's Centre
Mothercare, Anniesland Cross
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]