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Central Alberta politician's public criticism of breastfeeding colleague sparks controversy

Kara Westerlund, a Brazeau County councillor, is speaking out after a
fellow councillor publicly criticized her for bringing her newborn to
council meetings.

As an elected official, Westerlund didn't
qualify for traditional maternity leave. She also says she felt obliged
to keep working for the people who elected her, so she returned to work
shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Taylor, in December. Unlike
most working moms, though, Westerlund brought along her new baby with
her, not realizing that one of her co-workers had an issue with that.

She
didn't find out about the problem until she read about it in her
community's local paper, the Breton Booster. Fellow councillor Pat
Monteith used her monthly column in the paper to write about her disdain
for the situation, saying: "Personally, I am finding it disruptive and
distracting. More importantly, how do you feel a

 
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Added: Mar-8-2012 Occurred On: Mar-8-2012
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Tags: babies, politics, workplace, rights
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