We understand that our transport network is crucial for many new mums looking to get from A to B and have always been very clear that mums are welcome to breastfeed while travelling with us. Everyone who uses our buses should feel comfortable and supported throughout their journey – especially people travelling with young children.
We’re very pleased and proud to have launched our breastfeeding campaign. The campaign, which launched coincided with National Breastfeeding Week in June 2018, will now see all Stagecoach buses in the region feature a prominent sticker inside the bus, this sticker was created to show buses as safe place to breastfeed. All drivers also received further training on how to support mums on our network.
The health benefits of breastfeeding are well-publicised, and we should all be doing our bit as a community to enable women who choose this approach to feel safe and comfortable in all public spaces. We hope this will go some way to removing any stigma around breastfeeding in public.
We’ve created vinyls and posters to display on our buses with 5 ways you can support mummies, along with a special logo which is displayed on our buses to let families know that we are breastfeeding friendly.
Mums are protected in public places such as parks, sports and leisure facilities, public buildings and when using public transport such as buses, trains and planes. They are protected in shops, public, restaurants and hotels regardless of how big or small. They are also protected in places like hospitals, theatres, cinemas and petrol stations.
The Equality Act 2010 says that it is discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding. It applies to anyone providing services, benefits, facilities and premises to the public, public bodies, further and higher education bodies and association. Service providers include most organisations that deal directly with the public. Service providers must not discriminate, harass or victimise a woman because she is breastfeeding.
Discrimination includes refusing to provide a service, providing a lower standard of service or providing a service on different terms. Therefore, a cafe owner cannot ask you to stop breastfeeding or refuse to serve you.
There is no age restriction; the law protects mums for as long as they wish to breastfeed their baby.
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