February 25, 2016 1:49 pm
Updated: February 25, 2016 2:21 pm

Scotties tournament makes room for breastfeeding moms after complaints

A private area has been set up at the Scotties curling tournament women were forced to leave in order to breastfeed their children.

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A private area to breastfeed infants in the arena was quickly set up at the Scotties’ women’s curling championship Thursday morning after women expressed concern over having to leave the building to nurse their children.

Curlers who are nursing were either going to the players’ lounge at a curling club a block away or had to find their own space in or near Revolution Place to breastfeed.

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“We’ve draped off an area in the volunteers’ lounge,” Curling Canada’s media relations director Al Cameron said. “We did have an area set aside over at the curling rink.”

“Once we were aware there were complaints, we jumped on it.”

The players’ lounge is in a separate building in Grande Prairie because of space limitations at Revolution Place.

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Children are not allowed backstage – in the concourses and dressing rooms at any major curling events – because of the congestion it creates, Cameron said.

The preliminary round of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts concludes Friday morning with the first playoff game at night. The medal games are scheduled for Sunday.

Cameron said there will be a designated breastfeeding area in the players’ lounge in the arena at the women’s world curling championship March 19-27 in Swift Current, Sask.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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