Breastfeeding boom

MORE than 30 Bundaberg CBD businesses have opened their arms and doors to breastfeeding mothers, declaring their support with new “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” stickers.

The move follows hard work by the Wide Bay Breastfeeding Promotion Initiative and a story in last month’s NewsMail about Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey opening his office to breastfeeding mums because of a shortage of places in the CBD.

Mother of two Mrs Carla Schuh owns and runs Bubs Bargains in Bourbong Street, one of the CBD businesses supporting the Breastfeeding Welcome Here movement.

“Quite often I’d hear (from customers) there’s nowhere to feed my child,” Mrs Schuh said.

“We’ve always encouraged it and offered a place for women to come.”

Before she bought her business a year ago, Mrs Schuh said she used to run playgroups for young mums and understood the need for mothers to have a place to breastfeed.

Wide Bay Breastfeeding Promotion Initiative project officer Tami Boas, who co-ordinated the sticker hand-out, was thrilled.

“The Wide Bay Breastfeeding Promotion Initiative values the contribution that local businesses make to our community,” she said.

“Breastfeeding-friendly venues are essential so that women can feel more comfortable when breastfeeding out and about.

“When women feel comfortable and supported to breastfeed, they are more likely to have a successful breastfeeding experience.”

Although Ms Boas said breastfeeding in public was every woman’s right and it was illegal for a breastfeeding woman to be asked to leave an area , she said Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues helped improve community attitudes.

BABY CARE FACILITIES

The following provide basic facilities for baby care:

In the CBD: Amcal Pharmacy, Btransformed, Bubs Bargains, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundylicious Café, Choko’s, Church Pharmacy, Fruit 2 Juice, Gypsy n Pearl, Jack Dempsey MP office, Juice Blends, Melting Moments, Moncrieff Theatre, Nana’s Pantry, Oasis Cafe and Takeaway, Once Upon a Party, Peacock Garden Restaurant, Posh Tots, The Red Capsicum, Worldwide Printing and Therapia.

Other: Acorn Child Care Centre, Bonny Tots Early Learning Centre, Bundaberg Hospital, Bundaberg Regional Library, Bundaberg Swimming Academy, C&K Forestview, Early Years Child Care Centre, Family & Relationship Centre, IMPACT Make Your Mark, Indigenous Wellbeing Centre, Neighbourhood Centre, PCYC.

And CBD private areas to feed and change: Red Cross Rooms in the ground level of the Wide Bay Building in Barolin Street, and QCWA building on Quay Street.



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