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- Family-Friendly Celebration of Breastfeeding Set for Lindsay Square Mall This Coming Saturday -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – There will be more in store at the Lindsay Square Mall this coming Saturday, as community members gather to celebrate breastfeeding.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a Family-Friendly Celebration of Breastfeeding on Saturday, September 27, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the centre court of the mall. The free event – being held in advance of World Breastfeeding Week (October 1-7) – features activities for the entire family, including face painting, crafts, singing, games and snacks. A variety of breastfeeding and parenting resources will also be on display from local organizations, including the Dads Central Ontario group that encourages fathers to be involved and create a healthy bond with their children.

“Breastfeeding is worth celebrating because of all the many benefits that come with it,” says Cindy Hutchinson, an event organizer and Family Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “We’re very pleased to be able to celebrate breastfeeding in a public venue like Lindsay Square, because it reflects the importance of mothers being able to breastfeed their babies any place and anytime.”

While the Ontario Human Rights Commission states that women have the right to breastfeed in public places, Hutchinson notes some women still feel there is a stigma to doing so in public. To counter this message, event organizers will be handing out ‘We Support Breastfeeding’ window decals to people attending the celebration. They will be encouraged to put up the decals on the windows of their homes and vehicles. In the coming weeks and months, the CKL Breastfeeding Coalition will also be providing the decals to local businesses and organizations that provide a breastfeeding-friendly space.

“The window decals send a very strong message that people and businesses in Kawartha Lakes support the importance of families being able to breastfeed in public,” adds Megan Gill-Vander Wielen, who co-chairs the CKL Breastfeeding Coalition.

The CKL Breastfeeding Coalition is actively working to create breastfeeding-friendly environments and positive societal attitudes within the community. To find out about breastfeeding classes, support and resources in the area, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

More information about breastfeeding is also available on Facebook.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Cindy Hutchinson, Family Health Nurse, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569,

or Megan Gill-Vander Wielen, Ontario Early Years Centre, (705) 324-7900.

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