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Breastfeeding

Feeding Out & About

Once you have recovered from the birth, you will begin to think about getting out and about. If you are breastfeeding this can bring with it the worries about feeding in front of other people or in public places.

To begin with it can help to feed your baby somewhere you feel comfortable. This could be the home of a family member or friend. See the tab below for other handy hints to help you feel prepared. As you feed out and about more, your confidence will grow until it is as relaxed as feeding at home. 

As a breastfeeding person you are protected by law in the United Kingdom to breastfeed your baby anywhere you need to. A guide to your legal rights is below.

Look out for some cafes or shops that have registered themselves as breastfeeding friendly. They display 'Breastfeeding Welcome' stickers on their windows or doors.

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Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding your baby is something you should be proud of. It is your right in law to feed your baby where ever you want. To begin with you may feel a little self conscious.

You could;

  • Look out for venues displaying the Breastfeeding Welcome Sticker.
  • Try practising in front of a mirror before you go out for the first time to find out exactly what can be seen.
  • You can buy special breastfeeding tops which are designed to help you breast feed in public. 
  • You could use a muslin or scarf if you would like some more cover.
  • It's good to know what your babies feeding cues are, so you can start to feed them before they cry. This may mean that less people will notice what you are doing.

It's a good idea to make a list of places to breastfeed in public near you, so you don’t have to search to find somewhere when you are out. Shopping centres, department stores and babywear shops often have baby-feeding rooms, which are quiet and private with a comfy chair and changing facilities.

Breastfeeding Mum Meets is a registered charity run by a team of dedicated volunteers in Norfolk. They have put together a dedicated list of breastfeeding friendly venues.

Your Breastfeeding Rights

If you breastfeed in public, there may be someone who lets you know they disapprove. But remember you are not doing anything wrong.

Know your legal rights and be proud of what you are doing for your baby.

Your Rights: 

  • It is legal to breastfeed in public places anywhere in the UK.
  • Under the Equality Act 2010, it is considered sex discrimination if a person breastfeeding is treated unfairly anywhere in the UK.
  • Shops, cafe, restaurants or any service provider dealing directly with the public must not discriminate, harass or victimise because someone is breastfeeding. Discrimination includes refusing to provide a service, providing a lower standard of service or providing a service on different terms.
  • Businesses, such as a cafes, restaurants and shops, are not allowed to ask you to stop breastfeeding her child or refuse to serve you. 

Find out more from Maternity Action

Returning to Work?

Returning to work when you are still breastfeeding your baby can bring up lots of questions. You may be worried about how this can continue, but you don't need to stop unless you choose to do so.

You can continue to breastfeed your baby before you leave and when you return - it can be a lovely way to say goodbye and hello. Keep breastfeeding in the evening and through the night, this will help you produce milk to express for your baby.

Although breastfeeding and expressing breaks in the workplace are not a statutory requirement, employers must meet obligations to breastfeeding employees under Health and Safety Law, Flexible Working Law and Discrimination Law.

Read more about breastfeeding rights in the workplace

Who can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.

Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) offers support for all parents and carers with children aged 0 to 5 years.

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