Kamloops woman told to go to a back room to breastfeed | infonews

Kamloops mom Kristy Lynn Ezekiel breastfeeds her newborn while on a beach vacation in Tofino, June 2022.

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July 14, 2022 – 06:00

A mother in Kamloops was told to go to a back room to breastfeed while she was at a local facility recently.

Kristy Lynn Ezekiel said she was shocked by what happened and the reasoning behind it.

Ezekiel was at the facility with his three children and when she went to breastfeed her baby, a staff member told her to stop because of the risk of spreading bodily fluids and therefore COVID and hand-foot disease -stuffy. Ezekiel was offered a back room.

“At first I was so surprised that I didn’t react immediately, I just followed the staff member into a back room,” she said. “I was shocked that people might think that breastfeeding spills bodily fluids and that even if it did, it would be harmful. Breast milk contains antibodies, it’s not a virus-carrying liquid. and diseases.

Ezekiel emailed the facility about the upsetting incident and they responded first thing the following Monday morning.

“They apologized and confirmed that their establishment supports breastfeeding and that the worker was going to be made aware of the issue so no mothers would experience this again,” she said.

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Ezekiel did not name the establishment, saying it is a great local business and the staff member’s words and actions were not representative of the business as a whole.

While breastfeeding brings countless benefits to both mother and child and is encouraged by the World Health Organization to start within the first hour of a baby’s life, it still seems provoke undesirable reactions from part of the general public.

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She said more work needs to be done to help mothers feel safe and confident when breastfeeding.

“I got countless judgmental looks from people, it makes a lot of people really uncomfortable,” she said. “People avoid eye contact with me or ask me to cover up, saying rude things. It happens to a lot of women. »

Ezekiel said she couldn’t understand it.

“I don’t know why it makes people so uncomfortable, it’s a healthy and natural thing,” she said. “Most of the time you can’t even see the boobs, all you see is a bit of a stomach or a baby’s head. Breastfeeding does so many things like reducing the risk of developing breast cancer and reducing postpartum depression.

“Society should encourage it.”

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