Saskatoon Supports Breastfeeding in Public
As a new mother, breastfeeding in public can be daunting. My first experience was a few weeks after my oldest child was a born. We had travelled 3 ½ hours to introduce him to my beloved grandparents. Being one of the oldest grandchildren, I had not yet seen anyone breastfeed in their home. When my baby began to squirm and and show signs of hunger, I was uncomfortable. Should I go to the bedroom? Should we leave and nurse him in the car a few blocks away? Thankfully, I had the courage to ask where they would like me to feed. I will never forget their reply: “Oh my goodness. If your baby is hungry, feed him right here!”
Breastfeeding in my grandparents home, in a room full of people, was my first experience breastfeeding in public. Their whole hearted support for feeding wherever and whenever my baby needed gave me the courage to breastfeed in other public locations.
Ideally, all women should feel supported to breastfeed anywhere, anytime. Unfortunately this is not always the case. We are excited about a new program in our hometown, Saskatoon, SK that is helping to make a difference.
Passport to Breastfeeding
Saskatoon Breastfeeding Matters, a community organization, and the Saskatoon Health Region have teamed up to promote places where women can breastfeed without fear of confrontation. .
The “Passport to Breastfeeding” lists local businesses that guarantee their staff have been trained to protect breastfeeding mothers from judgement, harassment or discrimination. Stickers, displayed in their front window, indicate their support. Passports will be handed out at the two and four month baby well baby check ups in Saskatoon.
Win a $25 gift certificate
Women can enter to win a monthly draw. To participate:
- Take a photo of yourself and your baby at one of the participating locations.
- Be sure the photo clearly identifies the business (e.g. a menu in the background).
- Post your photo to Instagram, Twitter, or the Saskatoon Breastfeeding Matters Facebook Page with the hashtag #protectbreastfeedingyxe.
Full contest details and list of participating businesses are available here.
Great work Saskatoon!!
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