The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department launches breastfeeding in public spaces campaign

WHITBY, ON August 10, 2015

Durham Region Health Department is launching a breastfeeding in public spaces campaign to support mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies in public. The campaign will feature life size cut-outs of local moms breastfeeding with the message “Breastfeeding…Anytime. Anywhere.” Several Durham Region mothers volunteered to be photographed while breastfeeding their babies for this campaign. These life size cut-outs will be displayed at public buildings throughout the Region.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society and the College of Family Physicians of Canada agree that babies need only breast milk for the first six months of life.

After six months, babies will begin eating solid foods and can continue to breastfeed for up to two years and beyond.

While the Ontario Human Rights Code protects a mother’s right to breastfeed her baby anytime, anywhere, “some mothers have expressed challenges with acceptance associated with breastfeeding in public,” said Amber Newport, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

“We want breastfeeding mothers who wish to breastfeed their babies in public to feel supported and to be comfortable breastfeeding without being subjected to disapproving looks or comments. Women who are breastfeeding should not be disturbed, asked to cover up or to move to another location.”

The 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.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.