Health Unit Event Celebrates Breastfeeding Week

September 23, 2014

Huron County, ON – Celebrate Canadian Breastfeeding Week with mothers and the Huron County Health Unit on October 4 in Clinton.

Past and present breastfeeding mothers, along with the people who have supported them, are invited to a morning café from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 4. The event will take place at the Jacob Memorial Building on 77722D London Road, south of Clinton near the Health Unit.

The café is co-hosted by MILKS (Mothers Initiating Lactation Knowledge and Support). MILKS is a peer group of breastfeeding moms who offer support, information and experiences with each other around nurturing their infants. Mothers need inspiring stories from other mothers to get through the rough days and enjoy the great days.

MILKS has a Facebook page and monthly group meetings in Wingham, Goderich and Hensall.

Peer support, such as MILKS, is important for breastfeeding mothers, as are communities that promote baby-friendly mindsets. Baby-Friendly Practices encourage moms to make decisions on how they feed their babies based on factual information and weighing the benefits, risks, and impact on their infants and themselves.

Breast milk is the natural and healthiest food for newborns. Health Canada recommends babies receive only breast milk for the first six months of life. At six months, introduce iron-rich solid foods and continue breast milk to two years and beyond. Skin-to-skin contact and following the baby’s cues while feeding all promote healthy development and reduce stress in infants.

Café guests will learn more information about the Baby- Friendly Initiative and how our community can get involved.

Canadian Breastfeeding Week is October 1-7, 2014.

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Our media contact is: Rita Marshall, Communications Co-ordinator, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143 ext. 2023 or rmarshall@huroncounty.ca

Our spokesperson is: Marguerite Falconer, Public Health Nurse. Our media contact will connect you to our spokesperson on this topic.

 

For more information contact:

Rebecca Bartley, Communications Coordinator
519.482.3416 (ext 2023)
rbartley@huroncounty.ca