New Guideline Requires Breastfeeding Facilities on Beijing Metro

December 4, 2015
Editor: Eileen Cheng

A photo shows a woman breastfeeding her kid on subway. It was posted on the weibo account of bjtale.com, attracting much criticism. [weibo.com]

A new guideline that requires Beijing subway stations to provide public facilities for breastfeeding mothers will seek public opinion from Friday, Beijing-based The Mirror reports.

Lactation rooms will be set up at subway stations with heavy traffic, the guideline said, while other stations will add service facilities for breastfeeding in bathrooms.

It also demanded that a lactation room should have automatic sliding doors, chairs and a flat table for changing diapers. Outside, display devices to show it is occupied and video monitoring devices connected to the station control room should be added, according to the guideline.

China still lacks public facilities for mothers to nurse their infants, in spite of flash mobs held in some Chinese cities to draw attention to breastfeeding.

A non-governmental organization posted a micro blog criticizing a young mother for breastfeeding her baby on the subway in Beijing days before, provoking a storm of anger.

If the organization wants to hide such scenes, the key issue is how to improve public facilities at Beijing's subway stations so that young mothers have somewhere to feed their babies, China Daily wrote.

(Source: China News Service)

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