May 31, 2009

Canadian Breastfeeding Protection Petition

Sign the petition! Help us get 100,000 signatures to present to Prime Minister Harper

INFACT Canada and INFACT Quebec need your help.

We urge you to sign the Canadian Breastfeeding Protection Petition, which calls for action on improving breastfeeding support for mothers and babies across Canada. We will deliver the signatures directly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Breastfeeding is the unequalled and normal way to feed babies. Although early, exclusive and sustained breastfeeding is recommended for mothers and children by the World Health Organization and Health Canada, many Canadian women terminate breastfeeding early because of lack of supports. Recently, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have also added their voices to the need to strengthen societal supports to enable mothers and children to breastfeed as recommended. It is time for our government to understand that better breastfeeding practices benefit all of society, and that governmental support for breastfeeding is essential. Action is necessary to work towards the implementation of a strategy based on:

  • the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes;
  • World Health Assembly Resolutions on Infant and Young Child Nutrition;
  • the UN Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding as a comprehensive strategy;
  • strengthening maternity benefits and workplace supports.

You can make a difference for mothers and children. Sign the petition, share the petition and join us for a better world for all of us. Join INFACT Canada and INFACT Quebec and sign on to the petition at:

For more information contact Elisabeth Sterken at INFACT Canada: or Carole Dobrich at INFACT Quebec: