All mothers have the right to breastfeed their babies in public anywhere, anytime.

 

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy, no one should stop a mother from breastfeeding her child, ask her to cover up or move her to another place. It is your right to breastfeed your baby in public.

If someone asks you to stop breastfeeding in public:

  1. Do what you need to do so that you can breastfeed your child comfortably.
  2. Talk to the owner, manager, or the individual who asked you to stop breastfeeding. Tell the person:
    • It is your right to breastfeed in public.
    • You will make a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario if you are asked again to leave, move or cover up.
  3. Follow up with a letter to the owner or manager. Explain what happened and inform the person that it is your right to breastfeed in public.
  4. Follow up with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario or call 1-866-598-0322.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) wants to help women feel more comfortable breastfeeding in public places.  Here are some tips:

  • Wear comfortable clothes, a loose fitting top, or a nursing top
  • Use a blanket if you want to cover up
  • Just do it!

To encourage everyone to be more supportive of breastfeeding women, TPH launched a breastfeeding in public campaign that uses life sized cut out photos of breastfeeding women placed in busy public areas across Toronto. The campaign includes a fun video and testimonials from breastfeeding women.

Video: It’s OK to Breastfeed in Public

 

Her Voice. Her Story

A video series created by Toronto Public Health, showcasing women sharing their experience about breastfeeding and why your support is important to them.