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    Check out the following Facebook Support Groups: Breastfeeding Mom’s in NL Breastfeeding Moms in NL welcomes breastfeeding mothers (and supporters) living in Newfoundland and Labrador. They aim to provide mother-to-mother support so that moms are better able to reach their breastfeeding goals. The group is administered by accredited peer breastfeeding supporters and other experienced nursing moms. Since they began in 2011, the group has grown from 70 members to well over 800 members. Visit Page Tongue Tied NL - Awareness, Education, and Support Tongue Tied NL is for parents of tongue tied children, adults, and health care providers. The purpose is to create awareness that tongue tie and lip tie are problems that have a significant impact on health and well-being, to help educate those who are looking for information, and to support those who are in need. Visit Page Newfoundland Baby-led Solids (Weaning) Baby-led weaning is a way of introducing solid foods that allows babies to feed themselves - there’s no spoon feeding and no purées. The baby sits with the family at mealtimes and joins in when she is ready, feeding herself first with her fingers and later with cutlery. Visit Page Natural Parenting Network Newfoundland and Labrador “Natural parenting” is based on a desire to live and parent responsively and consciously. While no two families who practice natural parenting may define it the same way, there are several principles that are widely agreed to be part of this lifestyle. Visit Page Parents Helping Parents with Everyday Questions About Parenting - NL Parenting can be tiring, frustrating, and it can test the patience, intelligence, and mettle of the hardiest of people. This group provides a place where parents can post everyday questions or tips regarding parenting. Visit Page Newfoundland Cloth Diapering Mamas and Papas Providing support and information for those parents in the province who choose to use cloth diapers for their baby. Visit Page Newfoundland Babywearers This group is open to all Newfoundlander parents (and caregivers) who wear their children in any kind of carrier for the purpose of getting tips, troubleshooting advice and support from experienced wearers. Visit Page Read More...

  • I support you... all of you

    Posted by: Andreae Callanan

    I've had people describe me as “pro-breastfeeding” before, and of course I am, but that doesn't mean I'm anti-everything else. If I'm pro-sandwich, does that mean I'm anti-soup? Of course not. Read More...

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White Coat, Black Art and breastfeeding

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On May 6th, CBC’s White Coat, Black Art aired a radio show called the Mother’s Milk Show. In the show, Dr. Brian talked with Tracy and Tina – two moms who struggled with breastfeeding and eventually turned to formula. You can listen to their stories here.

Both Tracy and Tina said they didn’t feel supported by the local Public Health office and that by the time they made the controversial decision to formula feed their babies were already starving.

He also discussed their situations with Nicole Welch with Toronto Public Health who stated that 97% of moms in Toronto initiate breastfeeding but at six months only 17.5% are still breastfeeding exclusively. Here in Newfoundland the initiation rates are lower, but the rate at six months is about the same.

One option Nicole mentioned for mothers who struggle with breastfeeding is to use a human milk bank before formula. Yet there’s only one human milk bank in Canada. Dr. Brian talked to one mom who both used and donated to the milkbank.

Ideally, he said, more mothers would donate their milk, so that every mother that struggles would have access to human milk for their babies. But with just one milk bank that would be difficult.

What does this story mean for health professionals? Why are so many women abandoning breastfeeding and what can be done? At what point do we admit that formula is the best – or even the only – option? And how supportive is it that the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends donated human milk over formula yet most moms don’t have access to such?

Comments have poured in following the show, you can read many of them on the follow-up post called Mother’s Milk Mailbag. What do you think? You can comment on our facebook page or email us at babyfriendlynl AT gmail.com with your comments – we’ll be sure to include them in a future post!

White Coat, Black Art and breastfeeding


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