Making a Splash! Edmonton Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Freedom to Breastfeed In the Pool

Originally posted on our BACE Facebook Page on September 9, 2012.

Is Edmonton really the swimming pool breastfeeding mecca of North America? Edmonton families are gathering today at the legislature pool to celebrate the 10th anniversary of freedom in Edmonton to breastfeed in swimming pools without fear of harassment or discrimination. A survey will be launched to establish current attitudes towards breastfeeding at swimming pools, and BACE will discuss plans for a lifeguard training package to assist pool managers in training lifeguards to support and protect breastfeeding.  Continue reading and please take the survey...

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Breastfeeding mothers and their children will be at the legislature pool today at 2 p.m. to celebrate their ability to breastfeed anytime, anywhere mothers and children are allowed to be. 

Background:---------

It's been 10 years since the Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton (BACE) issued the report "BREASTFEEDING AT MUNICIPAL POOLS IN CANADA," published in response to a series of incidents involving women being asked to cover or up or leave Edmonton's swimming pools while breastfeeding. http://www.breastfeedingalberta.ca/files/BMPC-MainDoc.pdf  

A decade ago, BACE supported the City of Edmonton to amend its public swimming pool breastfeeding policy. BACE went on to produce a report encouraging the revision of swimming pool/breastfeeding policies across Canada. BACE's "Pool Report" provided solid and compelling breastfeeding policy advice to swimming pool authorities across the nation, and has since been utilized by dozens of communities, not just in Canada but across North America and communities around the world.

To this day BACE receives frequent requests for support in response to incidents involving discrimination against breastfeeding women and children at the pool. Earlier this summer BACE assisted in Calgary to convince the Talisman Centre pool to amend its policies to support and protect breastfeeding.

BACE is holding a 10th anniversary "Making a Splash" event to celebrate Edmonton's reputation nationally and internationally as a bastion of breastfeeding benevolence, and to encourage Edmonton and the Capital Region to continue to show leadership by supporting, promoting and protecting breastfeeding in our community.

Families will be gathering at the Alberta Legislature pools to celebrate.

BACE will announce several initiatives designed to further protect and enhance the experience of breastfeeding women and children at public swimming pools. A survey will be launched to establish current attitudes towards breastfeeding at swimming pools in Edmonton and the Capital Region, and BACE will discuss plans for a lifeguard training package to assist pool managers in training lifeguards to support and protect breastfeeding.

We will meet at the north end of the wading pool at the Alberta legislature grounds, 2 p.m., September 9th, 2012.


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