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Breastfeeding Rights

It is your right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere! This right is protected by the Canadian Charter for Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Parents are able to breastfeed in public areas no matter how old their children are.

In Public

No one has the right to ask you to stop breastfeeding, cover up, or move to another area that is more “discreet”. If you are being questioned about breastfeeding in public, be friendly but firm about your rights. If you feel your breastfeeding rights are not being respected, you can report what happened to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

In Workplaces

Employers are required to make sure that their workplace is free from discrimination related to breastfeeding. The code requires employers to accommodate employee needs for breastfeeding and expressing breastmilk at work.

Baby-Friendly Initiative at SMDHU

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is designated as Baby-Friendly. The health unit helps all families give their babies the best possible start in life. We provide information to help families make decisions about feeding their children. We also provide information and support to help you feed your child. Our staff are trained to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. All health unit offices welcome families and provide comfortable spaces to provide child care.


Baby-Friendly Initiative Poster(PDF 212 KB)

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding(PDF 157KB)


Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

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