Mums, babies are welcome

More businesses are breastfeeding friendly

HAPPY TO HELP: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre venue manager Penny Hargrave (centre) received the WPAC’s Breastfeeding Welcome Here accreditation from (left) Ovens and King Community Health Service health promotion worker Barb Young, and Women’s Health Goulburn North East health promotion worker Caitlyn Hoggan. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

FOUR new locations have been added to Wangaratta’s Breastfeeding Welcome Here program, as part of a push from local health services.

Health promotion workers from Ovens and King Community Health Service (OKCHS) and Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) visited the four businesses yesterday to check they met the program’s criteria, before presenting them with stickers highlighting their accreditation to the public.

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre (WPAC), Pangerang Community House and Delicious Cakes, all in Ovens Street, will now proclaim their baby-friendly status, while Milawa General Store has also come on board.

Promotion of the program follows the results of a survey conducted by the health services, which found that Wangaratta was not meeting demand for baby care facilities and safe, clean, comfortable places to breastfeed, particularly in the central business district.

Many of the 103 parents who responded to the survey said they preferred to shop in Albury rather than Wangaratta, because the border boasted better family-friendly facilities.

Caitlyn Hoggan, WHGNE health promotion worker, said survey organisers were delighted with the community’s response to the call for more Breastfeeding Welcome Here businesses.

“It’s moving a lot quicker than anticipated,” she said.

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