Mothers may assume that they can breastfeed whenever and wherever they want in public, but it wasn't until Tuesday, June 12, that the Board of Health made it clear that it's all for suckling on the teat - as long as it's done on city-owned property.
Don't bother checking your calendars. Yes, this is 2007.
Under the new Breastfeeding in Public policy, city employees must treat mothers with respect and not ask them to "cover up" or "move to another area."
After an incident in the Dufferin Grove Park arena change room two years ago when a park employee asked a mother to cover up, Toronto Public Health says it was important to revise an earlier unclear policy.
And why not a city-wide policy that extends to private businesses?
Councillor Paula Fletcher, a member of the board, would like to see signage in places of business "like our pass or fail on restaurants" indicating that they're breastfeeding-friendly. Staff will report back to the board on the proposal in September.
Says Fletcher, "A breastfeeding-friendly symbol would let you know right away that this is a place you can go with a child without being hassled."
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Joanne Gilmore, Toronto Public Health