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/

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

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

I Can Breastfeed My Baby Even if He is Very Fussy or Easy-Going

Before you welcomed your little one into your family you had visions of sitting quietly in a rocking chair blissfully holding your calm, smiling or sleeping baby. But now you are finding that your 3- week old has never smiled and even more distressing, they seem to be either crying or fussing whenever they are awake and not eating. Sometimes … Read More

I Can Breastfeed My Baby on Cue Rather Than on a Schedule

Do babies need to be fed on a schedule? Absolutely not! All babies are different and so are all mothers. Babies feed best when they are hungry. Feeding your baby when they cue to feed, helps mothers maintain a good milk supply and ensures that your baby will be satisfied and gain weight normally. Placing them on a strict schedule … Read More

I Can Breastfeed My Baby During a Growth Spurt

Most babies have several growth spurts during the first 6 months of life. Typically, growth spurts will happen around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months. These are times when your baby’s brain and body are developing at a rapid pace! You may notice that your baby is fussier, not sleeping as often and showing feeding … Read More

I Can Include My Partner in the Care of My Baby

Picture this: You awake in the morning, after a sleepless night, where your baby wanted to feed every hour, on the hour. You are tired and have just enough energy to get your baby latched to feed one more time but there are so many things that need to get done. So, what do you do? Sometimes it’s difficult to … Read More

I Can Cope with Advice Given by Those Unsupportive of Breastfeeding

moms feeding babies outside while chatting

What?? You’re still breastfeeding that baby?  Some women will hear that when their babies are 2 months old or when they are 2 years old.  It can be hard to hear those negative comments from those that are closest to us.  Here are some tips to dealing with those backhanded remarks from the misinformed: o   Let’s educate them!  Inform critics … Read More