Northern Ireland: libraries stock breastfeeding scheme

04 July 2018

All 96 public libraries in Northern Ireland have joined the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme.

The scheme has now signed up more than 600 businesses, council facilities and tourist attractions to the campaign to support and make nursing mothers welcome.

Valerie Watts, interim chief executive of the PHA, said: ‘While mums can of course breastfeed anywhere they wish to, the scheme aims to provide welcoming environments and show public support for breastfeeding mums.

‘Breastfeeding should be seen as part of everyday life and the more it happens, the more normalised it becomes.’

The campaign was launched to improve breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland, which are the lowest in the UK and one of the lowest in Europe.

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