The Equality Act 2010 stipulates that it is sex discrimination to treat a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding mothers are protected in a range of public places including sports and leisure facilities, public buildings and restaurants.

An association must not discriminate, harass or victimise a person because she is breastfeeding by refusing membership or discriminating in provision of benefits, facilities or services.

For the reasons above, WIs are encouraged to treat this issue with sensitivity.

Revised January 2021