A new scheme which sees mums who breastfeed in public thanked by strangers has been launched in Hull.

The project is aimed at normalising feeding in public and supporting the women who choose to do it.

Small thank you cards have been created by a team of people from various health and children’s services and mums are urged to give them out when they spot a woman breastfeeding in a public place.

The mum who receives the card is then meant to keep it until she sees another woman breastfeeding in public and then pass it on.

The cards are business- card-sized, so that they can easily be kept in a purse or pocket.

The breastfeeding group at Lydia's on Newland Avenue

The cards are initially given out to breastfeeding mums by health visiting teams, children centres, doulas, peer-support groups, and available through breastfeeding friendly cafes and other premises.

Hull mums have welcomed the new project. Amy Carr, mum to William, eight-months, said: "Even before I had William I’d see a woman breastfeeding in public and feel like I wanted to say something.

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"I was worried that I might make her self-conscious, so I’d smile instead and hope she knew why.

“The cards are a good way to recognise someone feeding, and you could make a mum feel less alone.

"It could be that it’s her first feed in public and that one thing could make her feel like she could do it again, and she’ll then look out for other mums.

"It’s a small thing that could make a huge difference."