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Krista Pauley breastfeeds her 10-month-old son Nikkolas while speaking with Alexandra Chappra, project co-ordinator for the Bay of Island's Organization for Breastfeeding Support (BOOBS), during an event being held at Coleman's on O'Connell Drive in Corner Brook today.
ST. JOHN’S World Breastfeeding Week is now underway.
With the theme “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers” the focus is on providing peer support through friends, family, the community and the health care system to help encourage and sustain breastfeeding among new mothers.
“There are many known benefits to mothers and their children who breastfeed, especially in the early stages of a child’s development,” Susan Sullivan, provincial minister of Health and Community Services, stated in a press release.
“Breastfeeding helps develop close bonds between a mother and child, it is economical, portable and provides all the nutrients and antibodies a baby needs during early development.”
Family physicians, maternity nurses, public health nurses and breastfeeding support groups provide important information and assistance with beginning and continuing breastfeeding.
The Bay of Island's Organization for Breastfeeding Support (BOOBS) has organized its own peer support network. Moms with breatsfeeding experience and knowledge are supporting new moms. An event was held Monday at Coleman’s on O’Connell Drive in Corner Brook to help promote breastfeeding and pass along information about it and the peer support network.
Meanwhile, there are also provincial services and resources available including prenatal education and support programs for pregnancy, birth and early parenting. There is the Healthy Beginnings program — which supports newborns, young children and their families — child health clinics, preschool health check programs, and immunization programs.
“It is important that mothers are supported by family, friends, health care providers, employers, and the broader community as appropriate and timely support builds a mother’s confidence and contributes to breastfeeding success,” Janet Murphy Goodridge, chair of Baby-Friendly Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, stated. “In Newfoundland and Labrador, there is an enthusiastic and growing community of support available online and through social media.”
Visit www.babyfriendlynl.ca/ for more information on resources available at Baby-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador.