Accomidating nursing mothers at work

Posted by / 31-Jan-2018 23:43

Yosie Saint-Cyr First Reference Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.

B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing.

We did have a few awkward moment here and there though. Pumping, however, is a totally different ball game. Pumping involves complicated equipment that needs to be assembled, used, disassembled and cleaned at every pump session.In reality, however, the struggle to obtain a functional lactation space at work, and the time to use it, is a common problem for most working moms.When I returned to work (after the birth of my second son, CJ) my colleagues were extremely supportive of my intention to exclusively breastfeed my son for 6 months – and I was also very vocal about requiring their support and understanding.The first few weeks are usually trial and error; trying to find a rhythm or a balance.Many highly qualified female employees have a hard time adjusting (or are not able to return) to the “traditional” workplace.

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The Human Rights Commissions in Ontario and the Western and Atlantic provinces, as well as the Canadian Human Rights Commission, generally recognize a woman’s right to breastfeed a child in public areas, and have policies, guidelines or statements promoting women’s right to breastfeed a child in public areas, including restaurants, retail stores, shopping centres and theatres, etc.