Gedling Borough Council is asking local businesses to become accredited as breastfeeding friendly places. The first business to sign up is The Milk Lounge, a brand new venture opening next week in Arnold that caters for parents with babies.
Working with Nottinghamshire County Council and the NHS Healthcare Trust, the accreditation makes sure that spaces provide a welcoming environment for parents, that staff are positive and supportive and offer an acceptable standard of cleanliness and facilities. All accredited places will display a window sticker on the front of their shops to inform customers.
The council’s leisure centres and civic centre are now accredited with the breastfeeding friendly status as part of the council’s pledge to be a breastfeeding friendly organisation.
The Milk Lounge is the first business to become an accredited breastfeeding friendly organisation in the borough and is opening to the public on April 20. The lounge caters for mothers with babies providing changing rooms, feeding rooms, toddler activities and healthy food options.
Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Well Being, Councillor Henry Wheeler said;
“We’re very pleased to be launching the accreditation programme and welcome our first business, the Milk Lounge, to the scheme. This will give parents reassurance where they see the breastfeeding friendly sticker that they can go in and breastfeed in comfort.”
Charlotte Purdie, owner of The Milk Lounge said;
“I’m delighted to be the first business to be accredited by Gedling Borough Council and it’s great that I can show customers who visit the lounge that they’re coming to a business that is welcoming and can cater for their needs.”
If you’re a business and you would like to become accredited, email [email protected]
Find out more about the milk lounge at www.themilklounge.co.uk