Breastfeeding Friendly Establishments

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Breastfeeding Friendly Kiama 

It is well known that breast milk is the perfect food for babies providing all the nutrients a baby needs for up to the first six months of life. Babies who are fed breast milk have lower incidences of many diseases including gastrointestinal upsets, allergies, ear infections and respiratory infections. Kiama Council acknowledges that breastfeeding is not only best for babies, but also benefits  mothers and our community. Communities benefit from the savings made through reduced health care costs and demand on health care services because breastfeeding imposes no costs on the environment in terms of production, packaging or waste disposal, and is therefore environmentally friendly.

Breastfeeding resources and local breastfeeding support available here 

'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' 

The 'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' program has been developed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to improve community acceptability of breastfeeding in public through the promotion of breastfeeding friendly premises. These can be everything from a cafe to a hairdresser, community centre or public library.  

Kiama Council venues include:  

  • Kiama Council Chambers
  • Community Centres
  • Library
  • Kiama Leisure Centre  

What is a 'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' venue?

Breastfeeding Welcome Here (BWH) venues are those that have the Breastfeeding Welcome Here stickers displayed on their shop fronts and who have registered with the ABA after meeting certain criteria to enable them to be awarded this status. See below for how to find registered venues. 

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 To be awarded 'Breastfeeding-Friendly' status and to be allowed to display the sticker, establishments must meet certain criteria:

  • a welcoming attitude from staff and management
  • a smoke-free environment
  • room to move a pram

Should you experience anything other than this from a registered venue in the Kiama region please provide this feedback to Council's Health Promotion Officer on (02) 4232 0444 or via email. Positive feedback is also appreciated and will allow Council to pass this feedback onto our business owners in the area who are supportive of our breastfeeding mothers.

Should you be the owner or manager of a venue within the Kiama LGA who is not registered as a BWH venue but would like to be, please click here to apply now.  

'Breastfeeding Welcome Here' venues can be found by:

  1. by postcode or suburb. Please click here to view a list of venues in your chosen postcode/suburb.
  2. using a map of the Kiama LGA. Please click here to view a map detailing all of the venues pinpointed across the entire LGA.
  3. using the Breastfeeding Friendly Kiama QR Code. Using your smart phone simply  take a screen shot of the code below (if accessing this webpage on your phone, otherwise simply scan the screen) and scan it with your code scanner app. This will bring up the Breastfeeding Friendly Kiama map. This way, you can access this map whenever you have your phone with you.

These venues can also be identified from the Breastfeeding Welcome Here sticker when out and about.

Breastfeeding Friendly Kiama QR code

Breastfeeding in public - your legal rights

By encouraging women to breastfeed, local businesses are complying with current legislation which prevents women from being asked to leave a premise because they are breastfeeding their baby. Breastfeeding your baby is a normal and natural thing to do. Babies have a right to be breastfed and mothers have the right to breastfeed. In our society, although breastfeeding is acknowledged as important for mothers and babies, some people make critical remarks or confront mothers with unnecessary or illegal 'rules'. Kiama Council and Australian law supports breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed anywhere at anytime. For more information on your rights please click here.  

For further information on anything related to the Breastfeeding Friendly Kiama project, please contact the Health Promotion Officer on (02) 4232 0444 or via email at.

 

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