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Library offers visual reminder to support breastfeeding

Nov 05, 2015
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is running a campaign with community organizations and businesses across our region that encourages breastfeeding in public.

SPRINGWATER - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is running a campaign with community organizations and businesses across our region that encourages breastfeeding in public. The Springwater Township Public Library branches are participating in the campaign, illustrating support for families to breastfeed anytime, anywhere, whenever their child needs them, by displaying a life-sized photographic cutout of a local woman nursing her child. Parents have always been welcome to breastfeed in all areas of the library because celebrating and supporting the needs of its youngest patrons encourages them to become lifelong library users as well as healthy members of the community. The library has a rich history of supporting families in the community and is always happy to see families interacting.

Everyone benefits from breastfeeding: babies, parents, families and communities. However, given that one in four people in Simcoe Muskoka still say it is not acceptable for a parent to breastfeed in public spaces such as a restaurant or mall, community support for families to nurse whenever and wherever they need to is important.

The health unit is looking for other community groups and businesses to support mothers and breastfeeding. If your business or organization would welcome the opportunity to host a breastfeeding display or would like more information about becoming a breastfeeding friendly place, call Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 or see www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.  

If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding parent or if you would like more information about breastfeeding, please call Health Connection to speak with a public health nurse or check out the breastfeeding information at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

 

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