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Acadia nutrition students Maryke Mody, left, Pauline Wolak, mom Temma Frecker with baby Teo, student Ashley Taylor and Just Us Café manager Kelley Carter got together recently to discuss breastfeeding-friendly businesses. - Wendy Elliott, Kingscountynews.ca
Wolfville has four "baby-friendly" businesses, which proudly post signage to that effect. A class of Acadia University nutrition students have been working this term to boost that number.
Members of Barb Anderson’s community nutrition class have been building tools to help local firms create more baby-friendly spaces in the Valley. Working with Annapolis Valley Health and Public Health staff, they’ve created the signs, table cards and even an app to locate venues. The initiative is called “Make breastfeeding your business.”
The Just Us Café in Wolfville has taken an extra initiative due to manager Keeley Carter and her colleague Karen Shepherd. There are two cozy armchairs for breastfeeding moms and a basket of toys kept at the café.
Local mom Temma Frecker says she appreciates being able to feed her almost six-month-old son Teo at the café. Shepherd says not everyone is aware that breastfeeding is a human right.
“You don’t want it to be a statement, you want it to be normal,” she adds. “Where moms gather it becomes natural to create support systems. They help each other out, become more empowered.”
Student Ashley Taylor said she and her fellow classmates appreciated working on a project with a real-life application. She hopes other businesses in the area and even across the province will follow suit.
“I hope we educate others, not just moms,” she said.
The Wolfville Farmers Market, the Wolfville Memorial Library and Dolce Far Niente Cafe are the other baby-friendly locations. There are also several locations on the Acadia campus.