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  • A sign on the front door indicates that HaliKids in Halifax is breastfeeding friendly.(Danielle Boudreau)A sign on the front door indicates that HaliKids in Halifax is breastfeeding friendly.(Danielle Boudreau)

    If you’ve had a baby in the past few years in Canada, chances are good the message from your medical professionals was likely very clear: breast is best. Most women in Canada attempt to feed their babies this way from birth.

    But after meeting the 24/7 needs of a newborn at home, desperation for coffee, groceries, or a case of cabin fever will compel breastfeeding mothers to leave the house.

    Don’t laugh – it can be overwhelming for a sleep-deprived parent to even consider getting a tiny infant bundled into a car seat, packing a diaper bag (which would have been large enough for a pre-baby weekend trip) and going to a mall.

    Can I breastfeed in public?

    Yes. In fact, it’s a human right in Canada, so you can breastfeed anywhere you’re legally allowed to be.

    The Ontario Human Rights Code states that “The Code makes it against the law to discriminate against someone or to harass them because of sex, including pregnancy and breastfeeding.”

    Some opponents suggest that women should cover

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  • Salaya Leal of Austin, Texas, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while panhandling earlier this month. She was 24 and had struggled since aging out of the foster-care system at 18. (Photo: Facebook)Salaya Leal of Austin, Texas, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while panhandling earlier this month. She was 24 and had struggled since aging out of the foster-care system at 18. (Photo: Facebook)

    Earlier this month, a young woman named Salaya Leal was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the side of a road in Austin, Texas. And while it would’ve been a tragedy no matter who had died, the fact that Leal, 24, was someone who had aged out of the foster-care system after years of struggle was a blow to many foster-care and adoption advocates.

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    “My hope is that this puts a very human face on those who age out of the foster system — one of the fastest-growing homeless populations in the country,” notes Susan McDowell, executive director ofLifeWorks, Austin’s major advocacy and support organization for at-risk teens and young adults. Though the organization did not work with Leal directly, McDowell tells Yahoo Parenting, her story is like those of many other young people who come through their doors. “She was very bright and full of potential,” she says, “but without the skills or support that she needed to be

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  • In a society where technology is becoming omnipresent, living in the moment has become a challenge for many people. On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and an ever-growing list of other social sharing sites, we are constantly updating our "online lives." But there is a time and place for everything, and weddings aren’t always it.

    There are a growing number of couples requesting guests to follow a strict "unplugged" policy during their wedding ceremonies – in other words, refraining from the use of technology including cameras, smartphones or any other digital distractions during their big day – a rule celebrities live by. But is this necessary for the everyday couple?

    Help the photographer do his or her job – by not helping

    Mo Govindgi, founder of Mango Studios and Wedly, a wedding and photo sharing app, says while he is not for or against the presence of gadgets at a wedding completely, he is against the use of them during special moments of the ceremony.

    Govindgi says his shots have

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