At UBC Okanagan we take pride in creating an inclusive campus for all. UBC Okanagan is committed to providing a supportive and safe campus for breastfeeding mothers.Breastfeeding is a natural way of providing infants with the nutrients they require for healthy growth and development. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and up to 2 years and beyond. Research shows that breastfed babies and their mothers benefit from physiological, psychological, and economic gains. Breastfeeding mothers require accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large to successfully breastfeed their babies. The ability to breastfeed in public without harassment or censure is a right protected under both UBC’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment and the BC Human Rights Code. UBC Okanagan supports the right of women to breastfeed their children in a safe and comfortable environment that is free from discrimination or harassment, whether they choose to do so in public or in a more private location. The Equity and Inclusion Office, along with Campus Health, supports the rights of breastfeeding mothers to feed at a supportive, non-discriminatory campus. Download “Resources for Student Parents & Breast Feeding Mothers”
Breastfeeding benefits children, mothers, families, and communities…
- Children: Reduced risk of infection, allergies, diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), obesity, childhood cancer, cardiovascular disease, speech and dental health problems
- Mothers: Reduces risks of cancer (breast and ovarian) and contributes to healthy weight loss after birth.
- Family: Breastfeeding saves money as formula feeding costs a family an average of $1,500.00 per year.
- Community: The Canadian Health Care system can save millions of dollars a year if more children were breastfed.
Although it is perfectly acceptable to breastfeed anywhere on campus, here are a few quiet and comfortable suggestions:
UNC 335-336 Junior & Senior Collegium
UNC 337 Campus Health and Wellness Center
UNC 109 Women’s Resource Center (Subject to hours)
EME 0252 International Collegium
ART 1st Floor Atrium
ASC 460 Collegium
Nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed their children in a public area, and it is discriminatory to ask them to cover up or to breastfeed somewhere else.
Your right to breastfeed anywhere, anytime is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, BC Human Rights Code, and UBC’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy.
If you would like more information please visit the following websites:
- BC Ministry of Justice website on Human Rights Protection:
- UBC’s Discrimination and Harassment policy
Creating a Baby Friendly Environment:
Visit the Okanagan Breastfeeding Coalition website for more information on how to become Baby Friendly and to view their Baby Friendly Checklist and Policy:
La Leche League Canada
Kelowna Breastfeeding Café
UBC Okanagan Campus Resources:
UBCO Health and Wellness
UBCO Campus Health
UBCO Women’s Resource Centre
UBCO Equity and Inclusion Office
UBCO Student Health Services
UBCO Disability Resource Centre
Accessible parking pass for pregnant women
Baby Change Tables:
In collaboration with Facilities Management and Human Resources, the Equity and Inclusion Office supports the provision of baby change tables on campus to serve members of the campus community and guests who may have young children.
If you are experiencing difficulties or barriers at UBC Okanagan let someone know! Talk to your professor or Department Head and connect with the Equity and Inclusion Office to learn about your options.