Bella Mani mums can ‘Breastfeed happily here’
BEAUTY SALON Bella Mani, is the latest local business to sign up to NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s ‘Breastfeed happily here’ initiative.
Laura Fleming, the Area Manager for Bella Mani met local mums, babies and children at the shop on Ayr’s High Street last week to show Bella Mani’s support for the Breastfeed happily here initiative.
Laura Fleming, Area Manager, Bella Mani said: We are happy to display the Breastfeed happily here sticker and to make sure our staff and customers understand the rights of breastfeeding mums in public places. It’s up to us all to play our part in making sure there are no barriers to mums breastfeeding their babies anywhere they need to.”
In the last two years, more than 180 venues across Ayrshire have signed up to the scheme including all NHS Ayrshire & Arran buildings, local authority offices and public transport buildings, as well as various cafes, restaurants, libraries, and nurseries.
The Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 means that it is illegal to stop a mother feeding her baby breast or formula milk in premises where the public has general access.
This campaign is a way to make sure that business owners, employees and members of the public are aware of this legislation.
To join the scheme, a business must ensure that its employees are aware of the scheme and the legislation. They then agree to display the Breastfeed happily here sticker to let all customers know that breastfeeding is welcomed on the premises.
Ruth Campbell, Consultant Dietician in Public Health Nutrition said: “The longer a mum breastfeeds, the more health benefits there are for mother and baby. The more comfortable women feel breastfeeding whenever and wherever they need to, the more likely they are to breastfeed and to breastfeed for longer.
"The Breastfeed happily here campaign is a large part of our ongoing work to remove the barriers that currently stop women who want to breastfeed from doing so. “Breast milk gives babies the best possible start in life.
"It helps protect them from infection and diseases such as ear and chest infections and tummy upsets. Long term, it means children have a lower risk of diabetes and obesity later in life. Breastfeeding mums also use more calories (around 335 a day), so it can help weight loss as well as reducing the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.”