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- Breastfeeding-Friendly Space to be Offered at Upcoming Cobourg Waterfront Festival -

(COBOURG) – Need a place to feed your baby during the busy Cobourg Waterfront Festival? Simply pull up a pink chair.

The Northumberland Breastfeeding Coalition will have a breastfeeding-friendly space provided at the popular Cobourg Waterfront Festival, which runs July 1 to 4. The coalition will have a tent set up in the Kids Zone section of the festival (near the bandshell in Cobourg’s Victoria Park) for mothers to sit in the shade and have a place to breastfeed and change their babies. Members of the coalition will also be there to provide information about breastfeeding and community resources to support families.

The tent will be open from 10 am to 6 pm all four days of the Waterfront Festival. The tent will not be hard to miss, as it will be the one with pink chairs set aside for breastfeeding mothers.

“Look for the place with the pink chairs, and you’ve found the family-friendly space,” says Laura Abbasi, a member of the Northumberland Breastfeeding Coalition and a Family Health Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “We are so pleased to be partnering with organizers of the Cobourg Waterfront Festival for the first time to offer a family-friendly environment that supports breastfeeding.”

The Northumberland Breastfeeding Coalitionwas formed more than a year ago by a group of local residents, including breastfeeding mothers, physicians, lactation consultants, prenatal educators, midwives and social workers. The coalition also includes representatives from the Health Unit, the La Leche League, Northumberland Family Health Team, and Port Hope Community Health Centre.

While the Ontario Human Rights Commission states that women have the right to breastfeed in public places, Abbasi notes some women still feel there is a stigma to doing so in public. The local breastfeeding coalition was formed to increase positive attitudes to breastfeeding in public.

“Most families are aware of the importance of breastfeeding, but do not feed their babies for as long as they would like due to a lack of support,” says Ceri Jagt, a breastfeeding coalition member. “The coalition was created to support families who choose to breastfeed, as well as actively create breastfeeding-friendly environments in Northumberland County to make it a normal and accepted practice to breastfeed in public.”

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For media inquiries, contact:

Laura Abbasi, Family Health Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1233,

or Ceri Jagt, Member, Northumberland Breastfeeding Coalition, (289) 251-7749.

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