All parents have the right to breastfeed their child in public anywhere, anytime.
The Ontario Human Rights Code protects the rights of parents to breastfeed in public areas regardless of the age of the child. It specifies that a parent should not be disturbed by being asked to stop, “cover up,” or asked to move to an area that is more “discreet.”
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is working with community partners and local parents to create supportive environments for breastfeeding in public. To do this we are launching a breastfeeding in public campaign in October 2015 and are working with businesses, organizations and municipalities to create breastfeeding friendly places.
"Learning to breastfeed was hard at first and nursing in public those first few times was daunting. It helped knowing that my right to breastfeed anywhere was protected. And the odd smile from a stranger walking past was very encouraging. I try to do the same when I see fellow breastfeeding mothers," breastfeeding mother.
For more information on how you can become a breastfeeding friendly place click here.
For more information about feeding your child, 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 Health Connection
Something as simple as a smile or positive comment can make all the difference.