At least 64 restaurants have joined a UNICEF-initiated program to provide convenience to breast-feeding mothers in their facilities.
Jointly promoted by the Department of Health and the Food and Health Bureau, the program held briefing sessions for 20 catering groups from July to September.
However, only four of the groups, or 64 restaurants, have implemented the program so far. The restaurants include 20 outlets of McDonald’s.
Wendy Lam, senior director of corporate affairs at McDonald’s Hong Kong, said the company has trained staff about the program, and nearly 10 percent of its outlets are participating.
The restaurants will provide priority seats for breast-feeding mothers, while its Tai Wo store has set up a 24-hour nursing room.
Other restaurant chains, including Café de Coral, Fairwood and Tao Heung Group, have expressed support for the program but still need to conduct feasibility studies.
Simon Wong Ka-wo, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades Limited, said those joining the program are all restaurant chains with bigger outlets that can provide separate rooms for breast-feeding mothers, while small and medium-sized restaurants find it hard to provide such facilities.
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