Nursing mothers will find a friendly place at the new Wokingham Leisure Center – Wokingham.Today
leisure [email protected] Hub is a breastfeeding friendly place and will display a certificate on site, train staff and provide a supportive environment.
Places Leisure, the council’s leisure provider, has signed up to the breastfeeding friendly program of the Breastfeeding Network (BfN).
The program gives families breastfeeding confidence when visiting public places by providing a safe space.
Concerns such as embarrassment and negative public attitudes can prevent women from feeling comfortable feeding their babies in public.
Ministry of Health guidelines state that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby, with only recommended breastmilk for the first six months, if possible.
Cllr David Hare, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Services, said:
“Providing our residents with a safe environment is so important when it comes to encouraging and enabling breastfeeding.
“Although they may know the benefits and have a desire to breastfeed their child, they may feel discouraged if there is no welcoming and friendly place to visit.
“With the opening of the new recreation center, we have the chance to show our residents that we support women’s choice to breastfeed, and we are also helping to promote positive and safe spaces by working with the Breastfeeding Network.
Tony Penge, contract manager for Places Leisure, Wokingham, said:
“We are very proud to be part of the breastfeeding program here at Wokingham Leisure Center as we do everything we can to make it a welcoming place for families.
“Breastfeeding can be a sensitive issue and it is important that mums and families feel happy feeding their babies in a relaxed, family atmosphere.
“We make mums feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding and we hope mums, especially new mums, feel comfortable as many of them feed in our cafe after their activity.
“We have many sessions available at the center for mums and babies, including swimming lessons, bounce and play sessions and group exercise classes – it’s also a great place to get some new friends and socializing.”
For more information on the Wokingham Leisure Centre, log on to: www.placesleisure.org/centres/wokingham-leisure-centre
For breastfeeding information and advice, go to: www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk