Edmonton Capital Region Breastfeeding Friendly Policy for Businesses & Public Places

√ This business/public facility recognizes breastfeeding is part of a normal, healthy diet for young children and the acknowledges the role the community plays in valuing and validating public breastfeeding.

√ We understand the right of children to be breastfed anywhere, anytime is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, and that the Alberta Human Rights Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of gender. This includes protection from discrimination because of breastfeeding. Our federal government has encouraged and supports women and children to breastfeed in public for over 25 years. In 2009 Public Health Agency of Canada told mothers: "You and your baby have the right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere."

√ We understand it is inappropriate and discriminatory to ask a mother breastfeeding her child to stop nursing, to ʻcover-up,' to relocate to a private room, to move to a bathroom, or to leave the premises.

√ We support a motherʼs choice to breastfeed wherever they happen to be when the child is hungry, or to move to a more private location, such as a changing room, alcove or booth, if available.

√ We acknowledge that the employer has an obligation to orientate employees to the Breastfeeding Friendly Policy.

√ We believe there is value in advertising that this business/facility is Breastfeeding Friendly therefore the International Breastfeeding Symbol will be displayed at the entrance.

 

All staff will support the above by taking the following actions:

1. Read the information pamphlet that supports this policy.

2. Display a welcoming attitude to breastfeeding mothers.

3. Do not ask a breastfeeding mother to cover up or relocate.

4. If a mother requests a more private location to breastfeed, offer any available space that is appropriate, comfortable and in a quiet location (e.g. a chair in a quiet corner of the business/facility, change room. Bathrooms are often not appropriate.)

5. If you receive a complaint from another patron, gently explain Alberta and federal laws ensure children have a right to breastfeed anywhere. If appropriate, offer to move the concerned patron to a more comfortable location.

For more information, please contact (Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton (BACE) at http://www.facebook.com/BACEpage or @BACETweetsSign the pledge to be breastfeeding friendly!http://bit.ly/BACEpledge 

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BACE goal: The Edmonton Capital Region will be the most Breastfeeding Friendly city in Canada

Sponsored by BACE: Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton

Supported by: Alberta Breastfeeding Committee

This document is modeled after materials created for the Okanagan Building a Breastfeeding Friendly Community Initiative, sponsored by the Okanagan Breastfeeding Coalition Partners: Interior Health Authority, La Leche League, Okanagan College, Birth ‘n Babes www.okanaganbreastfeeding.org