The weekend story of a young mother's less than warm reception when she nursed her hungry baby at a Wiarton restaurant has gone national. The  owner of the establishment said she was going to seek the advice of the local Public Health Unit, who have quickly replied with the following wisdom for all businesses.

"The Grey Bruce Health Unit encourages breastfeeding as a normal and important component of healthy infant growth and development. Creating a welcoming environment for breastfeeding helps remove barriers, and supports a families' decision to breastfeed. Businesses that support breastfeeding are a vital part of a healthy community. Supporting breastfeeding families means they are welcome to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.

The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes breastfeeding as a human right as outlined in the Policy on Discrimination Because of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. This means that women have the right to breastfeed their babies anytime, anywhere.

Displaying a Breastfeeding Friendly Sign tells people that your business is a friendly and welcoming environment for breastfeeding families. It shows leadership in promoting baby-friendly culture in our community. It also tells mothers that you and your staff respect the decision to breastfeed, and will do your best to create a more breastfeeding friendly climate for your clients.

For more information and resources on becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly business, contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit."

source: media release, Grey Bruce Health Unit


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