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DOING ITS FAIR BIT

- Lindsay Exhibition to Again Offer Baby-Friendly Services For Families -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – With the Lindsay Exhibition just days away, visions of Ferris wheels, fast rides, demolition derbies and livestock displays are sure to appeal to local residents.

A baby-friendly area for families may not come to mind for people when they think about the fair, but it too will be a reality at the Lindsay ‘Ex’ which runs September 21-25 at the Lindsay Fairgrounds. During the fair, a conveniently-located trailer next to the poultry barn will be available to families looking for a quiet place to rest with their young children, or to feed and change their babies.

The trailer space is being provided by the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group and the City of Kawartha Lakes Breastfeeding Coalition. The trailer is open most days during the Ex from 10 am to 8 pm, except for Wednesday (Sept. 21) when it opens at noon and on Sunday (Sept. 25) when it closes at 6 pm.

“While breastfeeding is welcome any place and any time, some women prefer a private and quiet space, especially if they have just had their first baby or have other young children with them,” says Kari Kelsey, Co-Chairperson of the CKL Breastfeeding Coalition. “We’re very pleased that the Lindsay Exhibition continues to offer a family-friendly environment that supports breastfeeding. We are also very thankful to Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group for its generosity in supporting the baby-friendly area at the fair.”

According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, women have the right to breastfeed in public spaces. Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed an infant, providing many benefits for the mother and baby.

“The vast majority of mothers choose to breastfeed, and in the early months, babies need to feed often both day and night,” notes Cindy Hutchinson, a member of the breastfeeding coalition and a Family Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “Providing a welcoming and supportive environment for breastfeeding makes it easier for women to feed their babies for as long as they like. This allows them to be out and about enjoying community events like the Lindsay Exhibition.”

The CKL Breastfeeding Coalition promotes positive attitudes towards breastfeeding and supports initiatives aimed at making Kawartha Lakes a breastfeeding-friendly community. For more information about the coalition, or to learn more about breastfeeding support services and resources, call the local Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or click here.

For media inquiries, contact:

Kari Kelsey, Infant and Child Development Program, Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, (705) 324-4493,

or Cindy Hutchinson, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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