The Theatre Royal Plymouth has had its status as a family friendly venue strengthened after being awarded the breastfeeding friendly kite mark and charter mark by NHS Plymouth.
The kite mark is given to organizations to help mothers recognize premises that are a welcoming place to breastfeed, and the charter mark is awarded to employers who support mothers wanting to continue breastfeeding after their maternity leave. At the Theatre Royal, there are facilities both front of house and behind the scenes for any mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.
The theatre is already known as a breastfeeding friendly venue by one group of new mums, who bring their babies to a ‘Sling Meet’ at the Theatre on the first Friday of every month. They meet up for a chat, a coffee and some cake, and know that the café is somewhere they can breastfeed their baby.
New mothers who work at the theatre also get extra facilities to ensure they can feed or express milk for their babies during the working day.
Theatre Manager Jack Mellor said, “The Theatre Royal welcomes all members of our community and anyone can spend time in our coffee bar. Seeing mothers being able to enjoy themselves with their babies at the Theatre Royal may make other families feel more at ease and encourage other members of our community to come here, relax and enjoy our facilities.”