Lake Country 1st municipality to go baby friendly in Central Okanagan

District welcomes open breast-feeding in municipal buildings

Lake Country is the first community in the Okanagan to implement a new child health initiative that will welcome mothers to breast-feed without discrimination in municpal buildings.

After listening to a delegation from four UBC Okanagan nursing students Tuesday evening, council passed a resolution to participate in the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Initiative.

“Breastfeeding is a natural practice that helps ensure healthy infants, children and mothers,” wrote Sue Pollock, medical health officer for Interior Health Authority. “When breastfeeding is not accepted as a public practice in communities, mothers may be discouraged from breastfeeding.”

The District will  put up baby friendly signs welcoming mothers to breastfeed and will also train staff to be baby friendly.

“The BC Human Rights Code states that children have the right to breastfeed anywhere,” said Mayor James Baker.  “The intention of this initiative is to make sure families feel welcomed and supported to breastfeed anytime, anywhere in the community.”