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Breastfeeding program

 Nûshânihâusunânûch

What is it?

The breastfeeding program provides information and support to breastfeeding mothers, including helping them to ensure successful breastfeeding. It also provides information on the health and wellness benefits of breastfeeding. 

Through the implementation of the World Health Organization's "Baby Friendly Initiative", breastfeeding program activities aim to create communities in Eeyou Istchee that encourage, protect and support breastfeeding. 

Who is it for?

This program is for everyone, but it particularly targets future parents, mothers of infants and young children and their families. The program offers personalized support to breastfeeding mothers.  

Where is it offered?

You can get services to support breastfeeding in all communities. Most breastfeeding program services are available through Awash staff at your local CMC. Workshops can also be held in the MSDC center and daycares, and some events or promotional activities take place in public spaces in the community.  

What is it like?

Services offered by the Breastfeeding program include  

  • Breastfeeding counseling to encourage and prepare future mothers to breastfeed. 
  • Prenatal group meetings about breastfeeding, 
  • Personalized support to help you start and continue breastfeeding, provided by health care workers during appointments at the clinic or at home, 
  • Community information sessions and events during Breastfeeding Week, to which the entire population is invited to participate (including booths, open-line radio programs, sharing circle with Elders, activities for fathers, gatherings and meetings for pregnant women and lactating mothers) 
  • A breastfeeding blog: creebreastfeeding.com 

How long does it last?

Activities carried out in the community are offered every year during Breastfeeding Week, as well as other times. 

Pregnant women and their partners can benefit from breastfeeding services early in pregnancy. These services then continue during the first years of infancy and childhood. The program recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding for up to two years and beyond, as long as the mother and child want. 

How can I get this service?

You can get this service by contacting your local CMC. 

Where can I learn more about the Breastfeeding program?

Learn more about this program through your local CMC. 

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