The health unit and its partners are working together with businesses, organizations and municipalities to ensure that breastfeeding parents feel supported and are welcomed to breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
As the owner or manager of a premise that welcomes the public, you know that your business depends on families. And with close to 5000 babies born in the area each year, families with young children are an important part of your customer base. Join the growing number of places throughout Simcoe and Muskoka that openly welcome breastfeeding by becoming a breastfeeding friendly place.
How to become a breastfeeding friendly place?
Follow these simple steps to become breastfeeding friendly place:
Review the "Step by Step Guide on Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Place". (English)/(Francais) (PDF)
Take action by training your staff. Developing guidelines and policies can also support you in creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding.
Contact Health Connection Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to request “breastfeeding is welcome” signage or other resources or to get assistance in becoming a breastfeeding friendly place.
Check out our breastfeeding in public campaign!
And, for more information about your requirement as a workplace to support breastfeeding employees, click here.
"The YMCA environment is one of inclusiveness and it is important for us to empower women to breastfeed where they are comfortable and when the baby needs to be fed. The YMCA has a rich history of supporting families in our communities and it is great to see Mom's and their babies interacting at the YMCA," Dale Rowe, general manager, YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.