District supports breastfeeding

Lake Country has declared all district-owned facilities to be baby-friendly so mothers feel comfortable breastfeeding.

Nursing mothers are a priority in Lake Country.

Council has declared all district-owned facilities to be baby-friendly so mothers feel comfortable breastfeeding.

“We’re trying to be as inclusive as possible,” said Coun. Owen Dickie.

“We have to do all we can to allow all members of society to feel included in the community.”

There have been cases in other communities where breastfeeding has been opposed in some businesses and public settings.

In fact, a 2010 study in Kelowna indicated that 21 per cent of mothers did not feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.

Dickie says the goal is to avoid such situations from occurring in Lake Country, whether it is council chambers, parks or during a hockey game.

“They have as much right to be there feeding their baby as someone eating a hot dog,” he said.

The B.C. Human Rights Code states that nursing mothers have the right to feed their children in a public area and it is discriminatory to ask them to cover up.

The request to become a baby-friendly community came from a group of University of B.C. nursing students and the Interior Health Authority.

As part of providing a baby-friendly environment, no specific designated space is needed and district employees are educated on the rights of a breastfeeding woman.

Breastfeeding plays a critical role in healthy childhood development.

“It’s a very natural process and the health benefits are undisputed,” said Dickie.

 

Just Posted

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Kootnekoff: R v. Sidhu, was he asleep?

Driver in Humboldt crash wasn’t distracted at time of collision with bus,… Continue reading

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

Four people displaced by Taylor Road fire

The Kelowna Fire Department say no one was injured and the cause of the fire is not suspicious

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

Former Okanagan teen found safe after disappearing from YVR airport

Ethan Burnett, 14, was found safe in Kelowna on March 22

Most Read