Accomidating nursing mothers at work
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.
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.