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The County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme

The County Durham Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme encourages local businesses, including cafes and restaurants, to register and show their support for breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding, that is giving your baby breast milk only, for the first six months of their life.

Breastfeeding is good for babies. Breastfed babies have:

  • less chance of diarrhoea and vomiting
  • fewer chest and ear infections
  • less chance of being constipated
  • less likelihood of becoming obese and therefore developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life.

Breastfeeding doesn't only benefit your baby, it benefits your health too. Breastfeeding is good for mums as it:

  • lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer
  • naturally uses up to 500 calories a day
  • saves money on infant formula and equipment.

To support this, we have launched a Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme, encouraging local businesses to show their support for breastfeeding mothers.

How will my business benefit?

Being breastfeeding friendly is good for business because:

  • it can improve your customer service
  • it can attract new customers and improve existing customer loyalty
  • it is good publicity and participating businesses are listed on this web page
  • when families feel welcome they may stay longer and spend more
  • breastfeeding provides lifelong health benefits for both mother and child. By helping to make it easier for women to breastfeed, you will be making a positive contribution to the health of people in your community.

How can my business join the scheme?

There are no costs to be part of the scheme. Staff members will be provided with a short breastfeeding awareness session. We also ask you to display the breastfeeding friendly sticker in your window, so families can recognise your venue as being part of the scheme.

The breastfeeding friendly pledge

Businesses signing up to the scheme, pledge to:

  • hold a staff awareness session and all staff members understand and support the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme
  • respond sensitively if inappropriate comments are made about breastfeeding in their venue.
  • provide a clean and comfortable environment to breastfeed in and if possible provide a more private area to breastfeed in - this will not be the toilets
  • offer breastfeeding mums a glass of water without charge
  • where possible, staff members will offer to take food and drink orders over to breastfeeding mums so they don't have to interrupt their baby's feed
  • display the breastfeeding friendly window sticker so families can recognise their venue as being part of the scheme.

If you would like further information about the scheme, please see the contact us box for our details.

I'm a breastfeeding mum, how can I find breastfeeding friendly venues?

Participating venues display the breastfeeding friendly window sticker so families can recognise them as being part of the scheme.

All libraries in County Durham are currently signed up to the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme (see Find a library) as well as the following organisations:


Consett Customer Access PointConsett
John Low Ltd - PharmacyConsett
Krazy KingdomAnnfield Plain
Louisa CentreStanley
Maddisons CafeConsett
MJ & A Taylor Ltd - PharmacySouth Moor
No. 4 CafeLangley Park
Stanley Customer Access PointStanley
Starbucks CafeConsett
Belle View Leisure CentreConsett
Empire TheatreConsett
Beamish MuseumBeamish

 Durham and Chester-le-Street

Gala Theatre and CinemaDurham City
Durham City Customer Access PointDurham City
Cafe NeroDurham City
The Garden House InnDurham City
Costa CoffeeDurham City
Register Office - Aykley Heads HouseDurham City
Freeman's Quay Leisure CentreDurham
Whitfield PharmacyCoxhoe
Abbey Leisure CentrePity Me
Chester-le-Street Customer Access PointChester-le-Street
Chester-le-Street Leisure CentreChester-le-Street
Riverside Leisure ComplexChester-le-Street
Cafe Neena'sChester-le-Street
Coffee BankChester-le-Street
Deano's TrattoriaChester-le-Street
Passing TimeChester-le-Street
The Red LionChester-le-Street
The Wicket GateChester-le-Street
Grange Villa Community Enterprise CentreGrange Villa
Lumley PharmacyGreat Lumley
M&M PharmacyMeadowfield
Meadowfield Leisure CentreMeadowfield
Brambles Coffee ShopShincliffe
DiggerlandLangley Park
Durham City HomesMeadowfield

 East Durham

Seaham Customer Access PointSeaham
East Durham Homes, Seaham Customer Outlet, St John's SquareSeaham
East Durham Homes, Head Office, 2 Meridian CourtPeterlee
East Durham Homes, Peterlee Customer Outlet, 29 Yoden WayPeterlee
Keepmote (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)East Durham
Kier (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)East Durham
Tonia's CafeSeaham
Wates (working in in partnership with East Durham Homes)East Durham
Plants R Ross nursery and coffee shopEasington
Richardson's Garden Centre and coffee shopCold Hesledon
Murton Medical Practice20 Woods Terrace East, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9AB
Lickety Split CreamerySeaham, SR7 7EU
The Lamp Room coffee house and bistro restaurant20 North Terrace, Seaham, SR7 7EU
Paws for 5 Canine Cafe9 Marlborough, Seaham, SR7 7SA


Hardwick Park - Tower CafeSedgefield
Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon on FacebookShildon
Cafe LimónShildon
K's DinerShildon
Square CafeShildon
Shildon People's CentreShildon
Starbucks ThinfordThinford roundabout, Ferryhill
Sunnydale Leisure CentreShildon
Miller PharmacySpennymoor
Spennymoor Leisure CentreSpennymoor
Spennymoor Customer Access PointSpennymoor
Newton Aycliffe Leisure CentreNewton Aycliffe
Pioneering Care CentreNewton Aycliffe
Jacksons Coffee ShopAycliffe Business Park
Gretna Green Hotel and Wacky WarehouseNewton Aycliffe

The Dales and Wear Valley

Starbucks Coffee CompanyAbraham Industrial Estate, St. Helen Auckland
Costa CoffeeBarnard Castle
Barnard Castle Customer Access PointBarnard Castle
No. 3, 3 GalgateBarnard Castle
No.15 Coffee House, 15 Market PlaceBarnard Castle
Valentines Restaurant Ltd.Barnard Castle
Stables RestaurantBarnard Castle
Teesdale Leisure CentreBarnard Castle
Teesdale Cafe and RestaurantBarnard Castle
Costa CoffeeBishop Auckland
Woodhouse Close Leisure ComplexBishop Auckland
Clemitsons PharmacyCrook
Lowfields Farm shop/cafeCrook
Mermaid Fish BarCrook
The Sandwich Shop cafeCrook
Langdon Beck HotelForest-in-Teesdale
The Laurels Coffee ShopGainford
The Laurels Coffee ShopStaindrop
The Country Tea Shop and RestaurantStaindrop
Bamboozles Adventure WorldSouth Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland
The Thursday Afternoon Club (mother and toddler group) and school - Butterknowle Primary SchoolButterknowle, Bishop Auckland
Durham Dales Centre (tearoom)Stanhope
Cafe Bowes at the Bowes MuseumBarnard Castle
Broom Mill Farm ShopWest Auckland
The Tindale CrossingBishop Auckland

If you would like to provide any feedback on the scheme or your experiences of breastfeeding in County Durham, please contact us using the details below.

What County Durham mums think of the scheme

Emma, mum to Jack and Joshua, said: "I think it's important to have breastfeeding friendly venues because some mums are self-conscious about feeding in public. It's good to be able to feed in a friendly environment where no one is going to comment or make you feel self-conscious."

Julie, mum to Amelia, Ashton and Adam, said: "A lot of women don't have the confidence to breastfeed in public. Knowing that some venues openly welcome them can boost their confidence."

Breastfeeding support

If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, support is available.

  • Ask your midwife, health visitor or GP.
  • Your local children's centre can offer support and advice on breastfeeding. To find your local children's centre visit the SureStart County Durham website.
  • Visit the NHS Choices: why breastfeed? web page.
  • Contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline.
  • For local breastfeeding information and advice for families in County Durham and Darlington visit the NHS: breast milk - the perfect recipe.
  • National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212
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