The World Health Organisation states that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life and as part of a mixed diet beyond. The risks of babies not being breastfed are well documented and have a significant impact on the health outcomes of children.
The Infant Feeding Survey identified anxiety of breastfeeding in public as a barrier to breastfeeding.
Cornwall's Local Area Agreement has highlighted improving the duration of breastfeeding as one of the recent stretch targets to help Cornish Children to get the best opportunities in their life.
Cornwall NHS has already successfully achieved Stage 1 of the UNICEF Baby-Friendly UK assessment to help better support women in Cornwall with good information and support from their health professionals.
Real Baby Milk CIC originated in Cornwall to promote and suport breastfeeding in Cornwall and continues to do so with a network of over 125 volunteer mums suporting other mums.
We, the undersigned, call for the newly elected Cornwall Council to take steps to ensure that all public places in its control (including Leisure Centres, Libraries, Reception Areas, One Stop Shops and others) are welcoming to breastfeeding mothers by adopting an 'across the board' policy of a Council that is welcoming and positive towards breastfeeding mothers feeding on their premises.
The Create a Breastfeeding Friendly Cornwall Council petition to Residents of Cornwall was written by Arwen Folkes and is in the category Health at GoPetition.