It takes a community to raise a child, which includes protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. Does your community program work closely with parents, young children, and families?
This webpage is a great place to learn more about how you can support breastfeeding parents in your community.
Pregnant clients and families are vulnerable to advertising from sellers of baby products. The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) supports that breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for parents and infants, and that families need space to make informed feeding decisions without the influence of marketing from formula companies.
- Our baby-friendly pledge for families (PDF) – Northern Health
- Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) – World Health Organization (WHO)
- Baby-Friendly Initiative – Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC)
- The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Strengthening Indigenous families and communities (video) – BFI Strategy Ontario
- Breastfeeding wellness teachings: For mothers, families, and communities (PDF) – First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
- Breastfeeding wellness tips: For mothers and community helpers (PDF) – First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
- Breastfeeding wellness tips: For health care providers (PDF) – First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
Each year, Canada celebrates National Breastfeeding Week on October 1 to 7. This is a time for families, health care providers, and advocates to come together protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. Watch for promotional activities from Northern Health and learn how you can get involved to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week in your community.
- Breastfeeding Week, October 1-7 – BC Baby-Friendly Network
- Invitation to join the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge – Quintessence Foundation
- Breastfeeding-friendly spaces – Northern Health
Do staff in your program support families with infant feeding? Education can help to ensure they have the knowledge and skills they need to support families with their infant feeding goals. Below are some options for breastfeeding education.
- 20 hour breastfeeding course: Foundational concepts – Douglas College
- Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) online training – Step 2 Education International
- Breastfeeding course for health care providers – Douglas College
- Latching on: How family physicians can support breastfeeding patients – University of British Columbia (UBC) Continuing Professional Development (CBD)
- NSPN 7150 – The breastfeeding experience – British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
- Breastfeeding info A to Z – La Leche League International
- Professional resources: Breastfeeding – Perinatal Services BC
- Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding: A practical workbook for community-based programs - 2nd Edition – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Featured NH stories
- Breastfeeding: A cultural approach can make all the difference
- Breastfeeding-friendly spaces: Shifting attitudes about breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding is easier with support: What child care providers can do
- Celebrating National Breastfeeding Week: Our pledge for all families
For more information
- Email us at NHBreastfeeding@northernhealth.ca
- Connect with an Aboriginal Patient Liaison (PDF) from Northern Health (NH)
- Explore doula services from First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
- Learn how to become a leader with La Leche League Canada (LLLC)
- Reach out to British Columbia Lactation Consultants Association (BCLCA)
- If English is a barrier for families you work with, consider interpreter or translation services through Provincial Healthy Services Authority Provincial Language Service