Deal Breastfeeding Support Group


The Equality Act 2010 – Breastfeeding Mothers
The Equality Act 2010 has specifically clarified that it is unlawful for a business to discriminate against a woman because she is breastfeeding a child (of any age).

A business must make sure that the women that they are providing a service to, are allowed to breastfeed on the premises if they want to.

They must also ensure that mothers breastfeeding babies are not discriminated against, no matter how old the baby is.

All employees of the business, especially those who deal with the public, are to be aware of the protection from discrimination given to breastfeeding mothers under the Equality Act 2010.

Also under the Equality Act 2010, discriminating against someone because they are with a breastfeeding mother is also prohibited, so companions of breastfeeding mothers who are also treated unfairly may have a claim, too.

A business is also responsible for how other customers treat a woman who is breastfeeding. If another customers’ behaviour has been brought to the business’ attention, the business has an obligation to ensure that a woman who is breastfeeding while receiving a service they provide is not treated unfairly.

It doesn’t mean they have to create a separate facility to allow women customers to breastfeed, however the business is under an  obligation to ensure that a woman can breastfeed without being treated unfairly.

The Equality Act 2010 aims to give women complete confidence to breastfeed while going about their day-to-day business.

Sourced: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/equality-act-publications/equality-act-guidance/business-quickstart?view=Binary

See also:  http://www.maternityaction.org.uk/advice-2/mums-dads-scenarios/6-breastfeeding-rights/

and a great site which has some fabulous pictures and links :
http://www.breastfeedinginpublic.co.uk/

Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme in Deal