Breastfeeding Safe Space Policy
Breastfeeding is great value for parents, babies, and the environment, but many people feel nervous about breastfeeding out and about, and this can mean they choose not to breastfeed or that they stop breastfeeding before they want to. Our goal is to create and maintain a space which is breastfeeding positive, supportive, and comfortable for all persons wanting to feed their babies while visiting the Town Hall. This Policy will ensure that within Skipton Town Hall we maintain a space for all persons wanting to feed their babies while visiting us.
What is needed?
- Clear display of a breastfeeding friendly sticker
- Staff to accommodate and welcome breastfeeding visitors
- Ensuring that anyone complaining is asked to move rather than the breastfeeding visitor.
- Being aware of the law which protects breastfeeding people
- Allowing Breastfeeding in all areas of the building
How will we do this?
- To ensure that all areas of the building are clean and presentable by carrying out regular checks throughout the day.
- Providing drinking water and hot water when requested by visitors who are breastfeeding or planning on doing so in the space.
- Ensure that visitors have access to bathrooms to wash hands and use facilities
- Make sure that the space is warm and welcoming.
- Provide a private environment where possible, by giving access to the Hub when available, where there is access to comfy armchairs. However, when the Hub is in use, we will make sure that we can give access to comfortable chairs with arm rests eg. Supplying a concert hall chair with arm rests or even giving access into the concert hall when free.
- Provide space for prams/buggies by visitor information in foyer.
- Providing children’s toys for entertainment by giving access to our range of sensory toys and directing children towards activities located in the Museum.
- Managing complaining customers in a discreet way which doesn’t make breastfeeding people feel uncomfortable.
- Ensure that all members of staff and volunteers are all aware of the law regarding breastfeeding in public which protects breastfeeding people.
- Ensure that complaints are handled discreetly away from the breastfeeding person.