Hucknall venues part of relaunched scheme to make breastfeeding mums more comfortable in public

Two Hucknall venues have been signed up to Ashfield District Council’s relaunched popular Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme.

Tuesday, 27th July 2021, 5:20 pm

The aim of the scheme is to provide a warm and welcoming environment for parents to breastfeed their children within the district.

Ten venues have signed up so far, including Hucknall Leisure Centre and Butler’s Hill & Broomhill Children’s Centre in Hucknall.

All Ashfield Council-run leisure centres will be part of the scheme, as will all Nottinghamshire County Council children’s centres.

Butler's Hill & Broomhill Children's Centre in Hucknall is part of the relaunched scheme. Photo: Google Earth

Other venues that have announced they are joining the scheme are Ashfield District Council’s Kirkby office, the Tin Hat Community Centre in Selston and Café Expresso in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

All businesses that sign up to the scheme are given a certificate, window sticker to display and information regarding local support services available, as well as being included in the breastfeeding business directory that is given to parents at birth.

Coun Samantha Deakin (Ash Ind), ward councillor for Sutton Central and New Cross at the council is delighted to see the scheme making a return and encouraged more businesses and community venues across Ashfield to get involved.

She said: “I am pleased that we have relaunched this scheme, it was really popular last time, so we are hoping that even more businesses sign up this time.

"Most people know that it is illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a venue.

“However, by signing up to the scheme it will offer reassurance and confidence to mothers that they can breastfeed comfortably.”

“We want to create town centres that are welcoming and enjoyable for everyone, residents and visitors alike.

"Schemes like this one, alongside our summer activities programme, will ensure that Ashfield is a great place to visit this summer.”

The council is still looking for more businesses to sign up.

Any companies or organisations that would like to take part in the scheme can contact [email protected] to sign up or for more information.

For more information on children’s centre services, click here.

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