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Breastfeeding and your business

Your legal duty

It's illegal to prevent someone from breastfeeding or bottle feeding a child in public if your business:

  • is open to the public
  • allows children

This does not apply to businesses that do not allow children by law. For example, betting shops and pubs whose licence does not allow children.

You can read more about the law around breastfeeding in the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 and Equality Act 2010

You could be convicted of an offence if you prevent someone from feeding a child.

Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland

Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland is a national scheme you can sign up to for free. It's backed by Scottish Government and run by local health boards.

It aims to help businesses and people who breastfeed know their rights and responsibilities.

Businesses in the scheme display an award with this logo:

Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland (Healthier Scotland) logo

The award lets people know that your business:

  • is part of the scheme
  • understands the law
  • supports breastfeeding on the premises

Benefits to your business

Joining Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland can benefit your business because:

  • people who breastfeed feel more comfortable visiting your premises and this could attract new customers
  • training staff to be breastfeeding aware can improve customer service
  • your health board will add you to a list of breastfeeding friendly businesses which can help increase publicity

Early learning and childcare settings

If you run an early learning or childcare business, you can also sign up for the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Early Learning Scheme. The scheme provides online learning for your staff that help them to:

  • promote a breastfeeding friendly environment
  • support families and colleagues who breastfeed
  • learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding

To sign up for the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland Early Learning Scheme, you need to:

  • have a designated breastfeeding champion who's responsible for running the scheme
  • have provided your staff with online training
  • make sure your business normalises breastfeeding
  • discuss breastfeeding, parenting and nurture within your curriculum
  • include breastfeeding and returning to work within your staff policies

You can contact your NHS health board Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland lead to learn more and find out how to join the Early Learning scheme.

How to sign up to Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland

Breastfeeding friendly checklist

You need to email your local health board to sign up to Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland. To sign up, you'll need to:

  • train staff about the law and what it means for them
  • display your Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland award in a noticeable place (not a toilet or baby changing area)
  • never ask someone to stop breastfeeding, cover up or move their seat
  • support people to feel more comfortable breastfeeding their child
  • deal with complaints about people breastfeeding by explaining you're part of the scheme and what the law says

Contact your local health board

NHS health board Email
Ayrshire and Arran
Dumfries and Galloway
Forth Valley
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership(HSCP))
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (East Renfrewshire HSCP)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Inverclyde HSCP)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (North West)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (North East)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Renfrewshire HSCP)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (South)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde (West Dunbartonshire)
Western Isles

Get in touch

Get in touch if you:

  • have businesses in more than one health board area
  • don't know who your local health board is
  • have any other questions about Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland


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