Canada Breastfeeds News

Valentine for a Breastfeeding Mother

On Valentine's day, Erin Clatney's boss gave her this greeting: "Quit breastfeeding."

The mother of two worked at Johnny Farina's restaurant at 216 Elgin St., Ottawa, throughout her pregnancy, and went back to work when baby Charlotte was 6 months old.

On February 14th she was told to take a month off without pay, and wean her daughter.

Erin Clatney quit work rather than quit breastfeeding, and has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Ontario. The Ministry of Labour assures her she has been discriminated against under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Breastfeeding: Learning for Life

Mary Cassatt/The Art institute of Chicago

Breastfeeding: Learning for Life is this year's World Breastfeeding Week theme, and INFACT will again be producing an action kit packed with information sheets, reproducible flyers, tools, graphics and goodies. We will look at many aspects of education and learning including educating health professionals, educating children, educating the media and educating the community. Also included will be information on breastfeeding and its effect on IQ. World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated in Canada from October 1 to 7. Check our website for updates. The kit will be available in May at a cost of $35 plus shipping and GST.

Funding gives Boost to Baby-Friendly Initiative

In a Press Release dated March 23, the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) announced that it has received $266,380 from Health Canada to implement and evaluate the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) in Canada. The BFI, an international 10 Step program established in [1992] by WHO and UNICEF to improve breastfeeding support practice in maternity and post discharge services. Although there are approximately 14,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals worldwide, there are as yet none in Canada. As the national authority for the BFI, the Breastfeeding Committee plans to implement the BFI across Canada over the next three years.

"There is a lot for us to do to catch up to the rest of the world," states Maureen Field, the BCC chairperson. "The funding is a key to the success of these...initiatives in increasing breastfeeding rates and duration across Canada."

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