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Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Establishment

The Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme (BFS) exists across the whole of Scotland. The purpose of this scheme is to ensure breastfeeding mums know that if they see the BFS sign the establishment will make them feel welcome and be supportive of her feeding choice.

What everyone should know

Breastfeeding mums are protected by the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 to feed an infant up to the age of 2 years in public places or establishments that allow children access. The Equality Act 2010 protects a mum for as long as she wants to breastfeed, there is no age restriction.

Why become a breastfeeding friendly establishment?

The Scottish Infant Feeding Survey 2017 identified that mums understood they could breastfeed in public areas however, almost half of the mums lacked confidence in doing so.

The Scottish Government want establishments to show support by joining the new scheme and display the BFS logo which would provide reassurance a breastfeeding mum would be welcome.

There are currently around 400 members of the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme in The Lothians ranging from council venues (e.g. libraries, office buildings, town halls) to schools and nurseries, sports centres, museums and visitor attractions, small businesses, restaurants and cafes.

Once signed up to the scheme, your business can appear on the BFS interactive map which shows all participating venues across Scotland.

What does my premises need to do to become breastfeeding friendly?

To become breastfeeding friendly, your premises need to

If your business has several locations you can sign them all up in one go to make the process as easy as possible. You just need to communicate the scheme to your staff members at each location.

Do I need to train my staff to support breastfeeding mothers?

Anyone who works in a breastfeeding friendly premise just needs to remember the following:

Why is it important that we have premises which are breastfeeding friendly?

How does the scheme help mothers to breastfeed?

There are three main ways that the BFS helps mothers:

  1. When a mother sees the BFS stickers/posters/logo displayed, then she knows that the business will be supportive of her right to breastfeed her baby on their premises

– The mother should not be asked to move or stop feeding her baby.

  1. The scheme raises the profile of breastfeeding as a natural way to feed your baby. In the future we hope that all mums will choose to breastfeed.
  2. The scheme ensures that businesses, and their staff members, are aware of the laws around breastfeeding.

Sign your business up to the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme

The team are Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland are on hand if you have any questions or want to get in touch about anything. Contact them today via email

You can sign your business up to the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Scheme on the NHS Lothian website today.

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