World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, but Canada celebrates it October 1-7.
It is celebrated in October because it is the 10th month of the year and symbolizes the first week of a baby’s life (after nine months of pregnancy) when a baby begins to breastfeed.
The theme for 2016 is Breastfeeding:
A Key to Sustainable Development. By recognizing that breastfeeding is a key to sustainable development, we will value our wellbeing from the start of life, respect each other and care for the world we share. For more information, visit World Breastfeeding Week.
The Government of BC has proclaimed October 1-7, 2016 as Breastfeeding Week. Our theme in BC is Breastfeeding: An Investment in Healthy Communities. How can YOU help?
In August, women, families, and children gather around the world to laugh, chat, and build community one latch at time. Visit The Global Big Latch On for more information.
In October, the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge celebrates breastfeeding and milk-banking and demonstrates promotion, protection, and support for breastfeeding women and their families. It’s a chance for education and peer support to be done in a fun social way.
The challenge is held the first Saturday in October of each year to see which geographic area (province, state, or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on” at 11 am local time.
The 2016 challenge is on Saturday, October 1. View the list of sites participating in the challenge or register your site for the challenge.
PSBC has three provincial Breastfeeding Guidelines for the healthy preterm infant, the healthy term infant, and multiple infants.
The Breastfeeding My Baby guide is a helpful tool that can be printed and posted in health care facilities to promote breastfeeding, or used with families for individual or group education.
The Breastfeeding Buddy is a web-based app that has tips, tools, and videos to help new mothers with breastfeeding and more, from pregnancy to baby's first six months and beyond. It provides parents with information and links to health resources in their community and helps them keep track of breastfeeding, baby's sleep schedules, diaper changes, and scheduling if mothers express breast milk or provide alternate feedings. It's an easy, fun, and educational tool designed to help parents give their baby the very best start in life.