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Breastfeeding Out & About (In Public)

Breastfeeding in public may make you feel nervous. You may worry about receiving negative reactions, however in a start for life survey 72% of people said they support women breastfeeding in public. Remember you are providing the best nourishment for your little one, and that is something to be proud of. This section has tips to help you feel prepared and confident to continue your breastfeeding journey when you’re out and about and help to overcome any barriers.

Does the law protect me?

Yes, the law protects breastfeeding mothers. You are legally protected when breastfeeding your baby in public (Equality Act 2010). That might be a café, shop, library, on public transport and any business that provides a service to the public.

You should not be challenged whilst breastfeeding in public or asked to cover up. For further information visit the maternity action website.

Breastfeeding out & about video – #anytimeanywhere

The following video has been made by local Hertfordshire mothers who talk about their experiences and tips for breast feeding in public.

Breastfeeding support

If you would like further support to discuss breastfeeding out & about, please attend the Infant Feeding Groups in your local family centre.

Hertfordshire Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme

Hertfordshire County Council encourage & support local businesses to be Breastfeeding Friendly. This involves businesses registering for the breast feeding friendly scheme and provides information on how best to support mothers breastfeeding on their premises.

Visit the Hertfordshire breastfeeding friendly scheme website for more information.

5 easy steps to becoming Breastfeeding Friendly: 1 Commit, 2 Apply, 3 Sign, 4 Train, 5 You are now breastfeeding friendly.

Useful resources

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Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the service reopens.

  • ChatHealth messaging service:


    07480 635164
  • Family Centre Service (Health Visiting and Family Support):


    0300 123 7572

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 03-04-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 03-04-2027