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June 24, 2008
Restaurants go “Breastfeeding Friendly” with new Toronto Public Health program
Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto joined nursing mothers and their babies to give a “Breastfeeding Anytime Anywhere” decal to Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant today. Commensal is the first restaurant in Toronto to register as Breastfeeding Friendly under a new Toronto Public Health program.

Restaurants registering as breastfeeding friendly will be listed in an online directory accessible to diners looking for a family and baby-friendly establishment. The designation indicates that the restaurant will support mothers to breastfeed at the table, communicate this policy to staff, and display the "Breastfeeding Anytime Anywhere" sticker to welcome breastfeeding mothers.

“It is well established that breastfeeding provides ideal nourishment for the healthy growth and development of infants and children,” said Dr. McKeown. “Attitudes toward breastfeeding in public vary widely. This program helps to create a comfortable, supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed whenever and wherever they choose.”

Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) welcomed the launch of the program. "Over 30,000 babies are born each year in Toronto. More than 90 per cent of new mothers choose to breastfeed their babies," said Councillor Fletcher. "As a member of the City's Board of Health and a mother, I know how important it is to encourage and support mothers in giving their babies the healthiest start possible."

Toronto Public Health is mailing information packages to 6,100 restaurants in Toronto containing a Breastfeeding Friendly window decal (available in 20 languages), information sheets from Health Canada and Toronto Public Health, and an Employee Guide. For more information on the Breastfeeding Friendly program, and for the online directory of participating restaurants, visit

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Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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