A Wokingham leisure centre has announced it has gained a 'breastfeeding friendly' status.

The news comes after ongoing efforts by Loddon Valley Leisure Centre to give families confidence about breastfeeding. 

Wokingham Borough Council’s leisure provider, Places Leisure, signed up for the Breastfeeding Network’s (BfN) Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme last year.

This saw the new Wokingham Leisure Centre at Carnival Hub recognised as a breastfeeding friendly venue in August and now the leisure centre in Lower Earley has followed suit.

The leisure centre will demonstrate its commitment to supporting infant feeding, including improving the environment for the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.

Contract manager for Places Leisure, Wokingham, Tony Penge said: “We do our utmost to make all of our leisure centres a welcoming place for families and we know breastfeeding can be a sensitive issue.

"It is therefore important that mums and families feel happy about feeding their babies in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.”

Concerns about breastfeeding in public can result in women feeling uncomfortable. 

The BfNs scheme, which is open to any business, venue or organisation, gives families confidence about breastfeeding when visiting public places.