Children, Seniors and Social Development
March 22, 2019

Minister Dempster Announces Funding for the Baby-Friendly Council

The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, today announced an additional $25,000 in support for the Baby-Friendly Council to expand and enhance the Space for Everyone toolkit.

The funding will provide continued support to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and other communities that have begun using the toolkits to create breastfeeding-friendly environments at a community level. Expansion plans include providing additional supports such as a breastfeeding-friendly chair for community spaces and additional public awareness materials. The Baby-Friendly Council will also be working to implement the toolkit in more communities.

This investment builds on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“This government is committed to creating environments that are supportive of healthy living, and one part of that is a commitment to raising breastfeeding rates throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. I am pleased to celebrate all of the communities, including Happy Valley-Goose Bay, that are taking action to support breastfeeding. I look forward to continuing our work with the Baby-Friendly Council in our joint efforts to shift the culture around breastfeeding and raise initiation rates.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

“I’m always pleased to see investments that support healthy ‘starts’ for our most precious resource. It is important that mothers and their infants are a priority for this government.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
MHA for Lake Melville

“Breastfeeding is as natural as breathing, moms should never feel ashamed to feed their babies in public and at the same time they deserve to have a space that they can feel comfortable in. As mayor, I am proud to say the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a safe baby-friendly place.”
Mayor Wally Andersen
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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Media contacts
Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
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Jeremy Reynolds
Government Members Office

Waylon Williams
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
709-896-3254, 896-1609

2019 03 22                              11:50 a.m.