Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

FODC joins "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" scheme

Published: 17 June, 2015

Sinn Féin Councillor Debbie Coyle has welcomed the decision of Fermanagh and Omagh Council to sign up to the "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" scheme.

The matter arose at a recent meeting of the Regeneration and Community Committee following correspondence from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Cllr Coyle explains,

"The Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme, run by the Public Health Agency, supports mothers' breastfeeding their children, when out and about. I truly welcome the councils' commitment to this, as it is great encouragement and comfort to mothers, especially first time mothers who choose to breast feed.

"I have seven children and I breastfed all of them. I recognise the benefits of breastfeeding, such as building a strong bond with your baby, as well as the numerous health benefits for both mother and baby. Therefore it is important that the Council and other organisations within the district are seen to be supporting those mums that choose to breastfeed.

"I acknowledge that whilst in hospital, new mums that can, are encouraged to breastfeed. However, as mums are being discharged from hospital much quicker after giving birth, some can find it hard to continue with breastfeeding without support.

"Knowing that there are safe places where you can feed your baby without judgement or embarrassment will provide a little bit of additional support - every little helps. Joining this scheme will also allow mums more flexibility when out and about and also will allow them to feel comfortable when feeding their babies in any of our council facilities"

"I am aware of around 10 other businesses and organisations across Enniskillen that have signed up to the scheme, there are 36 across Omagh. Therefore I would encourage many more to sign up and get involved." ENDS