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Breastfeeding Rights

Did you know that it is your right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere?

You are protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code to feed your baby in public without being asked to leave, move or cover up.

No one has the right to ask you to stop breastfeeding, cover up, or move to another place.  In fact, this is a violation of your human rights and a person can be charged for violating these rights.  By being friendly but firm about your rights, you may be able to solve any problems on the spot.

Also, look for places or agencies with signs indicating that they are Breastfeeding Friendly, or Baby-Friendly. Breastfeeding is welcomed and supported in these places.

Other tips include:

  • Calling ahead to find out if the agency/public place is Breastfeeding Friendly
  • Choosing a spot where other mothers are breastfeeding
  • Informing your family and friends of your decision to breastfeed
  • Telling the host at a restaurant that you may be breastfeeding
For more information on breastfeeding and supports in Simcoe Muskoka, call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a public health professional Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Your Health Connection
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