Call for more places to breastfeed

PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 June 2011




LEADERS of a mothers’ group in Weston say there are not enough places for people to breastfeed their babies in the town.

Breastfeeder Rocks is a support group with more than 50 members which meets twice a week in Weston and Worle.

It openly encourages women to breastfeed their children and offers support to parents considering the method of feeding.

This week, in coordination with National Breastfeeding Week, organiser Lynsey McKinstry has called on businesses in the town to be more accommodating to breastfeeding.

She said: “Go to Bristol and you can find plenty of places where you are welcome to breastfeed your baby, but in Weston it seems to be a different story.

“There are only a few places I know where I can feel comfortable doing it – it’s made to feel unfashionable. There are so many benefits from breastfeeding and I would like to see it more openly encouraged in public.”

In marking National Breastfeeding Week, the group is holding a series of talks designed to dispel myths on the subject.

The week will climax with an open meeting at Loves Café in West Street from 11am-12.30pm tomorrow (Fri).

Café owner, Anna Southwell, said: “The event will give an opportunity for mums to meet and offer friendly support to breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mums in a relaxed atmosphere.”

For more information on the group, call Lynsey McKinstry on 07725 252210.

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