What can I do to support breastfeeding?

A new young mother gets encouragement from her mom while breastfeeding her infant daughter

Support breastfeeding by: Giving positive acknowledgement when you see someone breastfeeding. Learning about breastfeeding and using the information to dispel myths and misconceptions. Finding out about breastfeeding resources in your community and sharing the information with expectant parents. Helping a breastfeeding family – provide dinner one night, offer to run errands, watch baby for an hour while mother rests etc. … Read More

What can I do to promote breastfeeding?

Woman breastfeeding on subway

Promote breastfeeding by: Checking to see if your workplace has a policy that supports breastfeeding when an employee returns to work following maternity leave. Donating a current book about breastfeeding to the local library. There are even some excellent children’s books that tell a story about a baby being breastfed. Encouraging public places such as libraries, arenas, restaurants and shopping … Read More

What can I do to protect breastfeeding?

Woman breastfeeding her baby while working at the office

Protect breastfeeding by: Taking a stand against misleading and aggressive marketing of infant formula, bottles and artificial nipples. Don’t distribute formula samples or coupons. Clear your workplace of brochures, measuring tapes, weigh scale paper and other products that have commercial endorsements. Encouraging the government to monitor adherence to the Code and when violations are detected, to impose sanctions as permitted … Read More

How long should a baby breastfeed or receive breastmilk?

Woman in Ethiopia breastfeeding outside

Global, national and provincial experts recommend: The early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, with introduction of nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months. To learn more, please visit: http://www.bfiontario.ca/lets-celebrate-national-breastfeeding-week-october-1st-7th https://waba.org.my/ https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

But, not all mothers can or want to breastfeed…

Mother holding sleeping baby

The Baby-Friendly Initiative knows that there are medical and personal reasons for the use of infant formula. Families that make an informed decision to formula feed are encourage to get individual guidance and support. There are risks to formula feeding, however, there are ways to reduce these risks. To learn more, please visit: http://www.bfiontario.ca/lets-celebrate-national-breastfeeding-week-october-1st-7th https://waba.org.my/ https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

Staying healthy during Thanksgiving

thanksgiving scene

  We have many things to be thankful for more than ever for Thanksgiving 2020. Learning how to connect with each other in creative ways and showing our thanks during times of hardship have shown how resilient Chatham-Kent is! Before sitting down for your Thanksgiving meal, please take into consideration the following: Having a meal with only those in your … Read More

What does infant feeding have to do with the environment?

Woman breastfeeding in a wheat filed

Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that’s environmentally safe because it’s produced and delivered to the baby without pollution, packaging or waste. Infant formula requires farming, storage, pasteurization, processing, packaging, shipping and recycling. Also, the dairy industry is a large contributor to methane emissions. Feeding infant formula leaves a major environmental footprint that contributes to the depletion of natural resources, … Read More

Reopening of pools, organized activities for children and day camps

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Media Release          October 2, 2020 Reopening of pools, organized activities for children and day camps CK Public Health is grateful to Chatham-Kent for assisting in slowing the spread of COVID-19 within the community. Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent is rescinding the orders for municipal pools, organized activities that involve proximity of children … Read More

Let’s Celebrate National Breastfeeding Week!

World Breastfeeding Week Poster

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding worldwide. Each year WABA selects a theme for World Breastfeeding Week and the 2020 theme is Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet! To learn more, please visit: http://www.bfiontario.ca/lets-celebrate-national-breastfeeding-week-october-1st-7th https://waba.org.my/ https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

Virtual Breastfeeding Challenge on Zoom!

Mother breastfeeding baby in field while baby-wearing

The Chatham-Kent Breastfeeding Coalition invites you to the 1st ever Virtual Breastfeeding Challenge on Zoom! Monday October 5 at 10:30 a.m., Latch-On will be at 10:45 a.m. Come celebrate National Breastfeeding Week with us! This year’s theme is “Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet”. Breastfeeding contributes positively towards planetary health – it’s sustainable, ecological and good for human health. This … Read More

What happens if a person attending school tests positive for COVID-19?

What happens if a person attending school tests positive for COVID-19?

Is someone in your home going to school? Chances are you’ve had lots of questions about what this school year will look like. One of those questions might be, “What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?” At CK Public Health, we have a team dedicated to keeping schools and students safe and healthy. The first priority for the … Read More

Individual tests positive for COVID-19 at Ridgetown Campus

Media Release                                                                             September 22, 2020 Individual tests positive for COVID-19 at Ridgetown Campus CK Public Health has learned that a student attending the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual resides outside of Chatham-Kent. Ridgetown Campus is working with CK Public Health by providing contact information and support for students and staff who … Read More