Renfrewshire’s Health Improvement Team is urging cafes, shops and restaurants in Paisley to become breastfeeding –friendly during this Breastfeeding Week (21-28 June).
Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership has already given the ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Award’ to a large number of organisations- including nurseries, cafes, leisure centres, libraries, community groups and even a shopping centre - that have all shown they’re supportive of breastfeeding mums.
Fiona Mackay, of the Renfrewshire HSCP said “We all know the amazing benefits of breastfeeding and we need to make mums feel welcome when they are feeding their babies. This year the National Breastfeeding Celebration Week will run from 20th-26th June. During this time we plan to celebrate breastfeeding in our local communities to create a breastfeeding friendly culture.
“If your organisation would like to become Breastfeeding Welcome please get in touch; we would love to hear from you. We will provide all the training and advice you need and it’s all free.”
One such cafe which has already been given the award is Blend Coffee Lounge on Causeyside Street.
Blend’s director Alan Baird wants everyone to feel welcomed into the café. He said: “We want to create a space in Paisley where everyone feels welcomed and accepted, as well as relaxed as they gather with friends and family. Blend prides itself in providing excellent customer service and going the extra mile for anyone.
“The Health Improvement Team provided training for my whole team. It was great that our staff were able to increase their awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and some of the stigmas that mums face. Blend has proved popular among parents and we look forward to continuing to cater for their needs.”
Breastfeeding mums are allowed to feed their child anywhere in Scotland, but the more places that sign up to being Breastfeeding Welcome increases the number of places mothers feel welcome to breastfeed.
During the specialist training, staff learn about the benefits of breastfeeding such as fewer stomach upsets and less chest, ear and urine infections for breastfed babies. They also have a better understanding of advantages for mothers including a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and osteoporosis.
When Paisley mum Ceilidh Wickson was breastfeeding her son Harry, now one, she was made to feel very comfortable at Blend and commented on the excellent customer service she received.
Ceilidh said: “The staff were so friendly and helpful. They saw I was on my own with Harry and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. They even offered to bring my order over to make things easier as I was feeding Harry. It’s great to hear they’ve been given an award for supporting breastfeeding mums!”
The Breastfeeding Welcome training is free, find out more by calling the Health Improvement team on 01505 821 800 or email HealthImprovement.Renfrewshire@ggc.scot.nhs.uk