Originally Posted by TCMoulton
So if you allow breastfeeding moms to feed their babies in the pool what about those who feed with bottles, whether it be formula or pumped breastmilk (since there would be no way to tell when already in a bottle) - if you allow one you have to allow the other.
Actually, that is not how it works here legally. As I understand it from several lawyer friends, breastfeeding is protected here in a way that bottle feeding is not. The term is apparently sui generis
- breastfeeding is unique because of the biology involved. You cannot try to create a false equivalence and pretend that what goes for one goes for the other.
Under Ontario law, breastfeeding is a protected right. This is emphasized further at the local level (there are tons of local initiatives for breastfeeding, including free clinics staffed with IBCLCs, free access to nurses who will make home visits to help with breastfeeding, posters and ads, and a campaign that the city did with restaurants and cafes to display the breastfeeding symbol
) and at the federal level, where there is an official position on the issue: "Anytime, Anywhere." (Health Canada. Breastfeeding anytime anywhere, part of a breastfeeding social marketing strategy, breastfeeding resources. Ottawa: Health Canada Communications, K1A 0K9; 1993.)
At the policy level, breastfeeding is officially recognized here as an important health issue. It is not seen as just another way to feed a baby, and you do not have to allow bottles anywhere you allow breastfeeding.