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Workplace Health

Breastfeeding friendly

As the owner/manager of a business or organization, as an employer, or as a municipality you have a role to play in supporting breastfeeding and creating breastfeeding friendly places.

The Ontario Human Rights Code requires employers to ensure the work environment is free from discrimination related to breastfeeding and requires employers to accommodate employee needs for breastfeeding and expressing breastmilk.

The employee and the employer need to collaborate on the arrangements to permit the parent to breastfeed or express breastmilk upon their return to work. 

Additional resources for workplaces to support employees returning to work include:

How to be a family friendly workplace (PDF 742KB)

Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Place: A Step by Step Guide (PDF 2.7MB)

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