Breast is bestMonday, September 30, 2013 by: Kate Adams
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
October 1 to 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. This week reminds us that mothers who breastfeed need support from their families, their friends and the community.
Support from other moms who have breastfed is one of the ways that helps breastfeeding moms establish and maintain breastfeeding. In the Health Unit district, the Laugh, Latch and Learn Breastfeeding Circle is a place breastfeeding mothers can connect, with the help of an experienced volunteer. The Breastfeeding Peer Support Program matches an experienced breastfeeding mother with a pregnant or new breastfeeding mother. New mothers receive support, encouragement and non-medical information offered over the phone.
Families and friends are also essential to breastfeeding moms. They can help with burping, changing diapers or spending time with the baby. Families with new babies may also appreciate groceries, a prepared meal or help with household chores.
The community can create a culture where breastfeeding mothers feel welcome and comfortable. This includes Ontario Early Years Centres, public places that welcome breastfeeding families and workplaces which accommodate breastfeeding mothers when they return to work.
Breastfeeding families can also find support from their health care professionals. Nurses at the Health Unit provide telephone support to breastfeeding moms, as well as one-on-one assessment and guidance at Breastfeeding Support Drop-in Programs and Breastfeeding Clinics. More information about these is available on the Health Unit’s Breastfeeding Support web page.
For more information about breastfeeding or breastfeeding supports, call the Health Unit at 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808, or visit myhealthunit.ca.