[Guelph Mercury] “I took down one side and gave her something to eat,” Buck said. “After about a minute, a lifeguard approached us. She said, ‘We don’t allow that here. You have to take that into the change room.’ “
A confrontation ensued, according to Buck, who admits she responded angrily to the request.
“I said, ‘By ‘that’ do you mean breastfeeding?’ And she said, ‘Yes, we try to enforce a family-friendly environment, so you will have to take that into the change room.’ That’s when I asked her if she was aware that she had just made an illegal request.”
The Ontario Human Rights Commission details the rights of breastfeeding mothers, while the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a woman’s protection against discrimination. A mother cannot be prevented from nursing her child, and cannot be asked to cover up or move the feeding to another place, according to the commission’s website.