Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

World Breastfeeding Week 2013 is about Breastfeeding Peer Counselling, providing continued community support for mothers to ensure that exclusive breastfeeding carries on after delivery, which alternative systems are provided when a healthcare facility is not available.

Breast milk is the only food or drink your baby needs for the first 6 months. Health Canada recommends breastfeeding your baby until he/she is at least 2 years of age.

Why should you breastfeed your Baby?
·         Breast milk is good for babies: It is the safest and healthiest food for babies.
·         It is easy for your baby to digest.
·         Breast milk and breastfeeding may help your baby's development  physical, emotional and intellectual.
·         Breastfed babies have fewer infections, such as pneumonia, ear infections and diarrhea, than babies who are not breastfed.
·         Breastfed babies are less likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
·         Breastfed babies have fewer illnesses and visits to the doctor or hospital.
·         Breast milk may help prevent diabetes, leukemia (a type of cancer), and adolescent and adult obesity.

Breastfeeding is good for Mom:
·         It helps mothers bond with their babies.
·         It helps with healing after the baby's birth.
·         It may help mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight.
·         It decreases a mother's risk of breast cancer, and it may also decrease the risk of ovarian cancer and diabetes.
When should you breastfeed your baby?
Babies should be breastfed or offered breast milk soon after birth within the first hour if possible. The first milk is called colostrum, and it is perfect for your baby. It gives your baby important early nutrition and protection from infection.
Breastfeed when your baby shows signs of hunger. Keeping your newborn close and providing skin-to-skin contact will help with breastfeeding, bonding, and adjusting to the new environment. It will also help your baby's development.

One of our most popular videos features BC families talking about breastfeeding

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