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Breastfeeding Rights

It is your right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere!

This right is protected by the Canadian Charter for Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Ontario Human Rights Code protects the rights of parents to breastfeed in public areas regardless of the age of the child.

In Public

No one has the right to ask you to stop breastfeeding, cover up, or move to another area that is more “discreet”. If you are not being supported to breastfeed in public, be friendly but firm about your rights.  If you feel your breastfeeding rights are not being respected, you may report what happened to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Look for places or agencies with signs indicating that they are a Breastfeeding Friendly Place. Breastfeeding is welcomed and supported in these places.

In WorkplacesPregnancy and Breastfeeding

Employers are also required under the Ontario Human Rights Code to ensure that the work environment is free from discrimination related to breastfeeding. The code requires employers to accommodate employee needs for breastfeeding and expressing breastmilk.


Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Place: A Step by Step Guide

For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by Email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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