Discrimination towards breastfeeding mothers unacceptable - Gildernew
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has called on local businesses to fully commit to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here programme to ensure breast feeding mothers and babies are supported and not stigmatised.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP said:
“Recently there have been a number of reported instances in which local businesses have refused to accommodate breastfeeding mothers.
“Discrimination towards mothers who breastfeed is unacceptable.
“Breastfeeding mothers and their children should be supported and have equal access to services.
“No mother should ever be discouraged or made feel guilty for breastfeeding her baby in public.
“Breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organisation. It is a perfectly natural thing to do with proven health benefits for both mothers and their babies.
“Sinn Fein is calling on local businesses to fully commit to the PHA Breastfeeding Welcome Here programme in order to promote and normalise breastfeeding and challenge the social stigma that is attached to breastfeeding, particularly in relation to breastfeeding in public places.
“Implementation of the breastfeeding legislation that my colleague, former Health Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA, tasked her department to develop would ensure breastfeeding mothers have the right to feed their children with confidence and without interruption in a public place."