Where are the ‘Breast Places’ to go to feed babies in Hartlepool and East Durham?

Woman breastfeeding baby
Woman breastfeeding baby

PLACES which champion breast-feeding in a town that has a low rate of mums feeding babies in public, could be honoured after an awards event was launched.

People are being urged to nominate workplaces, shopping centres and public places in Hartlepool and East Durham for the Philips AVENT Breast Place Awards. It celebrates local companies or figures who provide somewhere comfortable for mums to breast-feed.

It comes after Hartlepool Borough Council leaders said earlier this year they had “totally failed” when it comes to boosting the numbers breast-feeding.

Danielle Swainston, the council’s Sure Start and early years manager, said: “There is still this concern about breast-feeding in public, and there is still a long way to go in terms of places being friendly for breast-feeding.”

The five awards offer a chance to honour those who provide safe, clean and relaxing areas for mums to feed their babies.

The categories are Breast Place to work, Breast Place to eat and drink, Breast Place to shop, Breast Place for leisure and Breast Place local hero award.

TV presenter and mum Cherry Healey, who is expecting her second child, is helping Philips AVENT to launch awards.

Nominations are now open and can be submitted at www.duedateclub.co.uk/breastplaceawards until July 15.

The short-listed winners will be announced at the end of the month and will then be crowned as one of the UK’s “Breast Places”.