Supporting breastfeeding in public

On August 1 to 7, let’s celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!

Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a child with major health benefits for parents and babies. Parents have the right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime – a right protected by the Human Rights Code in Ontario. However, we still have some work to do to help parents feel comfortable breastfeeding in public places.

As such, the Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative (HBFI), an organization in Halton working hard to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, is helping workplaces and businesses learn how they can welcome breastfeeding at their organization.  The more public spaces that welcome breastfeeding, the more parents in our community will feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.

Two life size cut outs of moms breastfeeding their children in publicAs part of the World Breastfeeding Week celebrations, HBFI and the Oakville and Burlington Public Libraries are displaying eight life-sized cut-outs at these library branches:  Central, Iroquois Ridge, Woodside and Sixteen Mile in Oakville; and Central, Alton, Tansley and Brant Hills in Burlington.

These life-sized cut-outs of local Halton mothers breastfeeding their babies help show breastfeeding in public is normal and comfortable.

Keep an eye out for HBFI’s cut-outs as they travel all around Halton.  Watch for them in the coming months at your local hospital and other locations.

Happy #WorldBreastfeedingWeek! #EmpowerParentsEnableBreastfeeding #WBW2019

Have you spotted one of these cut-outs? Connect with us!

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About this guest blogger:

Sue Gierszewski:

Sue photoI have worked as a Public Health Nurse in Halton for many years.  My passion and the focus of my work is supporting parents and babies with feeding.  I coordinate a group of volunteers who provide peer support to breastfeeding mothers through the Halton Breastfeeding Connection, and work closely with our community coalition the Halton Baby-Friendly Initiative to protect and support breastfeeding.  Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and granddaughter and exploring nature in Canada’s National Parks.

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My baby went to university! This is what we learned.

One year ago we prepared to send my oldest daughter off to university. The final year of high school had kept us busy: driver’s license √, university acceptance √, prom √. We made it; but we had a new mountain to climb. She was moving away to go to school.

First day of College

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Your school age child is stealing: what can you do?

Put your hand up if you remember stealing something when you were a kid. I bet there are lots of hands raised right now!

It’s not unusual for kids to take something that doesn’t belong to them, without asking permission, especially between the ages of five and eight. But by this age, they know it’s wrong and a parent’s response is very important. If we ignore the behaviour, it encourages your child to keep trying to get away with it.Mom talking sternly to daughter, daughter looking down

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What about Dad?

You lie in bed, hearing the cries coming from the crib. The baby’s awake again, but you are so tired you dread getting out of bed. The days and nights are starting to blur together, and you’ve lost track of feedings and diaper changes. In your darker moments, you long for that time when there was just the two of you, with lots of time after work to relax together over dinner, watch a movie, and cuddle.  No one told you that fatherhood was going to be like this.Father and baby watching television

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From your baby, with love

Hi Mommy – it’s me again.

Baby sleeping on mom's chest skin to skin

Yes, it’s dark outside, but I can’t read clocks and all I know is that I need you. When I wake up because my tummy is grumbling, I need you. Continue reading

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Things are going missing…how to teach your preschooler to be trustworthy.

My friend had placed a box of chocolate bars for a fundraiser on her hall table. She was happy to see they were disappearing quickly and assumed her husband must have sold a bunch of them at work.

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5 essential tips for your child’s first dental visit

When I took my son to the dentist for the first time, he was about three years old. It was a disaster! And this was a child who was normally happy, agreeable, social, and who listened to reason! He did not want to open his mouth for this stranger (the dentist) and when he finally did, he started crying and the dentist could not continue. That was the start of many fearful visits to the dentist!

Looking back, if we’d started visiting the dentist earlier in his life, I feel he wouldn’t have been so fearful. I now know more about first dental visits and also about the care of gums and first teeth.  So I’m going to share what I know with those of you who are expecting, or have an infant, to help make your experiences more positive.

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