The County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme
The County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme encourages local businesses, including cafes and restaurants, to register and show their support for breastfeeding mothers.
Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding, that is giving your baby breast milk only, for the first six months of their life.
Breastfeeding is good for babies. Breastfed babies have:
- less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting
- fewer chest and ear infections
- less chance of being constipated
- less likelihood of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life.
Breastfeeding doesn't only benefit your baby, it benefits your health too. Breastfeeding is good for mums as it:
- lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer
- naturally uses up to 500 calories a day
- saves money on infant formula and equipment.
To support this, we have launched a Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme, encouraging local businesses to show their support for breastfeeding mothers.
How will my business benefit?
Being breastfeeding friendly is good for business because:
- it can improve your customer service
- it can attract new customers and improve existing customer loyalty
- it is good publicity and participating businesses are listed on this web page
- when families feel welcome they may stay longer and spend more
- breastfeeding provides lifelong health benefits for both mother and child. By helping to make it easier for women to breastfeed, you will be making a positive contribution to the health of people in your community.
How can my business join the scheme?
There are no costs to be part of the scheme. Staff members will be provided with a short breastfeeding awareness session. We also ask you to display the breastfeeding friendly sticker in your window, so families can recognise your venue as being part of the scheme.
The breastfeeding friendly pledge
Businesses signing up to the scheme, pledge to:
- hold a staff awareness session and all staff members understand and support the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme
- respond sensitively if inappropriate comments are made about breastfeeding in their venue.
- provide a clean and comfortable environment to breastfeed in and if possible provide a more private area to breastfeed in - this will not be the toilets
- offer breastfeeding mums a glass of water without charge
- where possible, staff members will offer to take food and drink orders over to breastfeeding mums so they don't have to interrupt their baby's feed
- display the breastfeeding friendly window sticker so families can recognise their venue as being part of the scheme.
If you would like further information about the scheme, please see the contact us box for our details.
I'm a breastfeeding mum, how can I find breastfeeding friendly venues?
Participating venues display the breastfeeding friendly window sticker so families can recognise them as being part of the scheme.
All libraries in County Durham are currently signed up to the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme (see Find a library) as well as the following organisations:
|Consett Customer Access Point||Consett|
|John Low Ltd - Pharmacy||Consett|
|Krazy Kingdom||Annfield Plain|
|MJ & A Taylor Ltd - Pharmacy||South Moor|
|No. 4 Cafe||Langley Park|
|Stanley Customer Access Point||Stanley|
|Belle View Leisure Centre||Consett|
Durham and Chester-le-Street
|Gala Theatre and Cinema||Durham City|
|Durham City Customer Access Point||Durham City|
|Cafe Nero||Durham City|
|The Garden House Inn||Durham City|
|Costa Coffee||Durham City|
|Register Office - Aykley Heads House||Durham City|
|Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre||Durham|
|Abbey Leisure Centre||Pity Me|
|Chester-le-Street Customer Access Point||Chester-le-Street|
|Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre||Chester-le-Street|
|Riverside Leisure Complex||Chester-le-Street|
|The Red Lion||Chester-le-Street|
|The Wicket Gate||Chester-le-Street|
|Grange Villa Community Enterprise Centre||Grange Villa|
|Lumley Pharmacy||Great Lumley|
|Meadowfield Leisure Centre||Meadowfield|
|Brambles Coffee Shop||Shincliffe|
|Durham City Homes||Meadowfield|
|Seaham Customer Access Point||Seaham|
|East Durham Homes, Seaham Customer Outlet, St John's Square||Seaham|
|East Durham Homes, Head Office, 2 Meridian Court||Peterlee|
|East Durham Homes, Peterlee Customer Outlet, 29 Yoden Way||Peterlee|
|Keepmote (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)||East Durham|
|Kier (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)||East Durham|
|Wates (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)||East Durham|
|Plants R Ross nursery and coffee shop||Easington|
|Richardson's Garden Centre and coffee shop||Cold Hesledon|
|Murton Medical Practice||20 Woods Terrace East, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9AB|
|Lickety Split Creamery||Seaham, SR7 7EU|
|The Lamp Room coffee house and bistro restaurant||20 North Terrace, Seaham, SR7 7EU|
|Paws for 5 Canine Cafe||9 Marlborough, Seaham, SR7 7SA|
|Hardwick Park - Tower Cafe||Sedgefield|
|Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon on Facebook||Shildon|
|Shildon People's Centre||Shildon|
|Starbucks Thinford||Thinford roundabout, Ferryhill|
|Sunnydale Leisure Centre||Shildon|
|Spennymoor Leisure Centre||Spennymoor|
|Spennymoor Customer Access Point||Spennymoor|
|Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre||Newton Aycliffe|
|Pioneering Care Centre||Newton Aycliffe|
|Jacksons Coffee Shop||Aycliffe Business Park|
|Gretna Green Hotel and Wacky Warehouse||Newton Aycliffe|
The Dales and Wear Valley
|Starbucks Coffee Company||Abraham Industrial Estate, St. Helen Auckland|
|Costa Coffee||Barnard Castle|
|Barnard Castle Customer Access Point||Barnard Castle|
|No. 3, 3 Galgate||Barnard Castle|
|No.15 Coffee House, 15 Market Place||Barnard Castle|
|Valentines Restaurant Ltd.||Barnard Castle|
|Stables Restaurant||Barnard Castle|
|Teesdale Leisure Centre||Barnard Castle|
|Teesdale Cafe and Restaurant||Barnard Castle|
|Costa Coffee||Bishop Auckland|
|Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex||Bishop Auckland|
|Lowfields Farm shop/cafe||Crook|
|Mermaid Fish Bar||Crook|
|The Sandwich Shop cafe||Crook|
|Langdon Beck Hotel||Forest-in-Teesdale|
|The Laurels Coffee Shop||Gainford|
|The Laurels Coffee Shop||Staindrop|
|The Country Tea Shop and Restaurant||Staindrop|
|Bamboozles Adventure World||South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland|
|The Thursday Afternoon Club (mother and toddler group) and school - Butterknowle Primary School||Butterknowle, Bishop Auckland|
|Durham Dales Centre (tearoom)||Stanhope|
|Cafe Bowes at the Bowes Museum||Barnard Castle|
|Broom Mill Farm Shop||West Auckland|
|The Tindale Crossing||Bishop Auckland|
If you would like to provide any feedback on the scheme or your experiences of breastfeeding in County Durham, please contact us using the details below.
What County Durham mums think of the scheme
Emma, mum to Jack and Joshua, said: "I think it's important to have breastfeeding friendly venues because some mums are self-conscious about feeding in public. It's good to be able to feed in a friendly environment where no one is going to comment or make you feel self-conscious."
Julie, mum to Amelia, Ashton and Adam, said: "A lot of women don't have the confidence to breastfeed in public. Knowing that some venues openly welcome them can boost their confidence."
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, support is available.
- Ask your midwife, health visitor or GP.
- Your local children's centre can offer support and advice on breastfeeding. To find your local children's centre visit the SureStart County Durham website.
- Visit the NHS Choices: why breastfeed? web page.
- Contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline.
- For local breastfeeding information and advice for families in County Durham and Darlington visit the NHS: breast milk - the perfect recipe.
- National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
- Public Health
- Public Health
- 03000 267 660
Our address is:
- County Hall
- Adult and Health Services
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
- DH1 5UJ