Next steps to enable breastfeeding on the transport network

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17713
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In your response to question 2019/14588, you noted welcome steps TfL is taking to make breastfeeding on the transport network easier. Does TfL have any plans to a) run a public awareness campaign to reduce potential stigma around this, and b) provide facilities at stations to enable breastfeeding?

Answer

Next steps to enable breastfeeding on the transport network

Next steps to enable breastfeeding on the transport network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) recently (August 2019) published an updated version of its ‘Travelling in London while pregnant or with a buggy’ leaflet, which is provided when ordering a ‘Baby on Board’ badge. This guidance aims to ensure women feel comfortable to feed their babies on the transport network, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Women are encouraged to ask for a seat if they need to, are informed of benches across the TfL network, and are advised that if they are made to feel uncomfortable they can speak to a member of TfL staff.

TfL has briefed its operational staff to ensure they are prepared to support women wishing to breastfeed on the network. This includes steps to direct customers to feeding areas and suitable locations within London Underground stations, encouraging customers to feel more comfortable using London Underground facilities, and preventing any antisocial behaviour targeted at breastfeeding women.