I am very excited to be announcing this project! It has been months of hard work: meetings, emails, stepping forward, stumbling backward and then huge leaps forward! I am so incredibly proud to be a part of this talented and dedicated team.
The Breastfeeding Protection Pledge is a project we have designed in partnership with the Saskatoon Health Region; details were created with feedback from restaurant operators and breastfeeding mothers in our community.
Participating restaurants and businesses will sign a pledge committing to train staff to protect breastfeeding mothers and children from judgement, discrimination or harassment. Saskatoon Breastfeeding Matters, along with our partners, is providing education and resources to interested businesses. We want to help everyone understand how the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission protects breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and the simple steps they can take to welcome breastfeeding families. Once they’ve signed the pledge and received the resources, businesses will display a sticker on their door or window to let breastfeeding mothers know that they can feel safe to breastfeed without worrying about others.
So far we have the support and participation of the City of Saskatoon Leisure Centers, Saskatoon Public Libraries, Station 20 West, the Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre, and The Saskatoon Friendship Inn along with the following eating establishments: Fuddruckers, Earthbound Bakery and Delicatessen, City Perks Coffeehouse, The Night Oven Bakery, Bottega, Citizens Café & Bakery, Leyda’s Cafe, Drift Sidewalk Cafe, Cora and Smiley’s. All of these locations appear in our “Passport to Breastfeeding” a printed resource that will be given to mothers at 2 and 4 month visits to the Child Health Clinics. The “Passport to Breastfeeding” provides mothers with information about our program, their rights, our photo contest, and also serves as a guide to our first businesses who have been enthusiastic supporters of the program. We hope that our list of participating restaurants will continue to grow as word spreads of the program.
This Thursday, May 7, 2015 Saskatoon Health Region and Saskatoon Breastfeeding Matters will be hosting a media conference at Station 20 West at 2:30 pm. This will be the official launch of the Breastfeeding Protection Pledge. Refreshments will be served. We are hoping to see many of our champion businesses there, as well as breastfeeding mothers. See you there!