The County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme

What is the scheme?
The Durham County Council Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme supports breastfeeding families throughout the county. By taking part in this scheme, cafes, restaurants, leisure centres and community venues show that they are committed to ensuring their staff and premises are welcoming and supportive of breastfeeding mothers.

How can I find breastfeeding friendly venues?
You should never feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public.
The Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place. Don’t be afraid to ask if there is a private area in which to breastfeed - this should never be the toilets.
Participating venues display the breastfeeding friendly window sticker so families can recognise them as being part of the scheme. Staff in these venues have attended a breastfeeding awareness session and support the scheme.

What County Durham mums think of the scheme:
Julie, mum to Amelia, Ashton and Adam:
“A lot of women don’t have the confidence to breastfeed in public. Knowing that some venues openly welcome them can boost their confidence”.

Emma, mum to Jack and Joshua:
“I think it is important to have breastfeeding friendly venues because some mums are self-conscious about feeding in public. It’s good to be able to feed in a friendly environment where no one is going to comment or make you feel self-conscious”.

How do I find out more?
If you would like to find out more about the County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme and details of participating venues visit: www.durham.gov.uk/breastfeedingfriendly