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Breastfeeding in Public Places

Breastfeeding in public.
It's no big deal.

Durham Region Health Department is launching a new campaign to promote "Breastfeeding... Anytime. Anywhere." Our goal is to support breastfeeding in public spaces. Life-sized cut-outs of local moms breastfeeding their babies will be displayed in several areas around the community.

A mother's right to breastfeed her baby anytime, anywhere is protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Women who are breastfeeding should not be disturbed, asked to "cover up" or to move to another location.

Durham Region Health Department offers several services to support families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. To learn more about breastfeeding, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

You have rights as a nursing mother
You have the right to breastfeed your child in a public area

  • Some of these areas might include: restaurants, stores and malls, schools, parks.
  • No one should prevent you from nursing your child simply because you are in a public area.
  • They should not ask you to "cover up", disturb you, or ask you to move to another area that is more "discreet".

If you're asked to stop breastfeeding in a public place

  • Do whatever you need to do to ensure that you and your child can feed comfortably.
  • Talk it out with the manager/owner or leave and follow up later.
  • When you talk with the manager/owner, try to find out what the real concern is.
  • Follow up with a letter to the manager/owner. In the letter, explain what happened. Inform the manager/owner about the Ontario Human Rights Code.

For information and support call INFACT Canada (Infant and Feeding Action Coalition) at 1-416-595-9819 or visit online at

For information about your rights or to file a complaint contact the Ontario Human Rights Commission at 1-800-387-9080 or visit online at