Breastfeeding New Year’s Resolutions

Breastfeeding

So it’s that time of year when we look back at the year that has flown by and see if we accomplished the goals, or resolutions we set out for ourselves. This year I’m going to ask all of you who are pregnant or breastfeeding to perhaps set a different type of resolution. “Breastfeeding Resolutions”.


By Camilla Aviss, RN, BHSc(N), CCCE, IBCLC

Many moms will need support to meet their breastfeeding goals.

Prenatally is the perfect time to assemble your support team. I recommend moms attend at least one La Leche League meeting while pregnant. La Leche League is an international mother to mother support network. You can find a meeting close to you by clicking on this link: http://www.lllc.ca/

Also talk to women you know who have breastfed or are currently breastfeeding. Read some books on breastfeeding. One of my favourites is “The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning” by Martha Sears R.N. & Dr. William Sears M.D.

The internet is full of breastfeeding information. Some sites have evidence based information and others not. You can check out a whole list of useful breastfeeding web pages on my website at http://multiplereasons.com/links.html If you find others that you like, let me know!

Enroll in prenatal classes, preferably one that has an entire class devoted to breastfeeding. You can find a Canadian Certified Childbirth Educator by checking out CAPPA Canada’s webpage at http://www.cappacanada.ca/ or by calling your local Public Health Department. Most Public Health Departments offer FREE prenatal classes and the information is mandated by the Ministry of Health, so is accurate & up to date.

Finally if you have a history of any medical conditions (diabetes, PCOS, infertility, prior breast or chest surgeries, etc) a prenatal breastfeeding consultation with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) would be recommended. Check out my prenatal Breastfeeding questionnaire that can be found on my webpage for more information. http://multiplereasons.com/services.html#4th

Become a Peer Supporter

If you are breastfeeding or have breastfed for a minimum of 6 months and want to help other breastfeeding momsconsider providing peer support. The Halton Breastfeeding Connection is a volunteer program that provides mother to-mother telephone support for expectant or breastfeeding mothers. They are always in need of volunteers. You can find out more about the program at this link: http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=8722

Support Organizations & Businesses that support Breastfeeding

There are many businesses & organizations that support breastfeeding and adhere to the World Health Organizations (WHO) international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes. Don’t know what this is? You’re not alone. You can find out what the WHO code is and why it is so important at INFACT Canada’s webpage:http://www.infactcanada.ca/Int_Code_TOC.htm
For a list of businesses in the Halton Region that support Breastfeeding please check the Halton Baby Friendly Initiative (HBFI) webpage for a listing. http://www.babyfriendlyhalton.ca

Wishing you all a Happy & Healthy 2011!

Camilla Aviss RN, BHSc(N), CCCE, IBCLC
Multiple Reasons Lactation Support Services
www.multiplereasons.com

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!