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
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
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