Councillor Anthony Munday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said:
“The council is a strong advocate for breastfeeding, and the public health benefits are clear, for example, it encourages bonding, helps to protect against childhood obesity and supports speech development.
“We have clear strategies in place to encourage breastfeeding and to support mums. We encourage businesses and organisations across Stoke-on-Trent to adopt breastfeeding-friendly policies. At our leisure centres we actively encourage breastfeeding and run very popular Aquatots sessions Tuesday – Friday during each school term, where families with young children familiarise themselves with water in a friendly, supported and social environment. A number of ladies who attend these and other activities breastfeed at our centres.
“We have many areas at our poolside where breastfeeding can take place and actively promote and support this. Based on feedback from Natalie Forrester and Chloe Hattersley, and additional feedback from other visitors, we are reviewing our existing policies working with our public health team, a breastfeeding group and supported by the NHS, Royal Stoke Hospital and voluntary groups. We have invited Natalie and Chloe to be a part of this review and welcome their views.”
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