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Bonnie Learning
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Breastfeeding Challenge to take place on Saturday

World Breastfeeding Week takes place Oct. 1-7, and outgoing Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Leo Abbass recently signed a proclamation — along with a number of moms, partners and organizations – who will be marking the event this week. This year’s themse is “Breastfeeding support: Close to Mothers.”

Are you a partner or supporter of a breastfeeding mom?

If so, the Aboriginal Family Centre (AFC) and Labrador-Grenfell Health invites you to take part in the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2013.

The challenge will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the AFC on Grenfell Street, with a 10:30 registration time and an 11 a.m. start time. It is taking place to mark World Breastfeeding Week Oct. 1-7.

The challenge is held annually as part of world breastfeeding week event,” explained Judy Voisey, Resource Mother with the AFC. 

“We have always had good turn out but this year we are aiming for 30 people or close to it,” said Voisey. “On average we have seen 15-16 Mothers at previous challenges.”

The Challenge is in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Grand River Family Resource Centre, the Mokami Status of Women’s Council-Women's Centre, and the Wellness Coalition. 

“Breastfeeding moms in the Labrador-Grenfell Health region can receive community support from  breastfeeding support groups in St. Anthony, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Labrador City,” said Bev Simms, a Public Health Nurse with Labrador-Grenfell Health.

“Breastfeeding moms, their babies and siblings are invited to drop by where they are welcomed by a resource mom. The relaxed atmosphere encourages breastfeeding moms to discuss their breastfeeding experiences (both positive and otherwise) or to chat about whatever they wish to discuss.”

Simms said one’s local Family Resource Centre or Public Health Nurse can be contacted for more information on breastfeeding.

According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)  www.waba.org.my and www.babyfriendlynl.ca, research has demonstrated that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are at a higher risk of developing various chronic and acute diseases including: ear infections, diarrhea, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers who have breastfed have a decreased risk of developing breast as well as ovarian cancers.

While breastfeeding mothers can receive professional support from their healthcare provider, including their physician, registered nurse, public health nurse, and lactation consultant, it is paramount that they receive support and encouragement from community sources as well, including family and friends. This increases the chance for the breastfeeding experience to be a success for both mom and baby.


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