University is ‘breastfeeding friendly’, says award scheme

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A Sheffield university has been handed an award for the level of support it gives to breastfeeding mums.

Sheffield Hallam University offers five areas across its campuses where women can breastfeed their babies, and staff have been trained to offer help to mothers where needed.

Hallam’s Chancellor, Lord Robert Winston, has now been presented with the Sheffield Breastfeeding Friendly Award, part of an initiative to increase breastfeeding rates.

Mark Swales, the university’s director of estates and facilities, said: “Many of our courses attract students with families, so it is important we can cater for those people and that our students feel safe in the knowledge we will be supportive of their choices.”

Sheffield Council’s Coun Jackie Drayton added: “Breastfeeding your baby can be a truly rewarding experience. Not only is it good for the baby, it saves money and it helps you to lose weight.”