• Need Breastfeeding Support?

    Posted by: Janine

    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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WHO Code violations continue

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In May, 1981, after seven years of review and debate, the World Health Organisation adopted an International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes. Designed to improve the health and nutrition of infants and children, the code set out rules and legislations designed to regulate “innappropriate sales promotion of infant foods that can be used to replace breast milk.”

It’s now thirty years later, and the goal of “health for all by the year 2000″ has languished in the face of poverty, lack of education, natural disasters, and the disregard of formula companies for the code.

Nestle, the world’s largest baby food company, has – according to the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)- committed over 134 violations of the code around the world in the past year alone. In reaction to the report from IBFAN, Nestle has agreed to address four of those violations. The other 130 it has chosen to ignore.

According to INFACT Canada, the formula industry in Canada continues to undermine the efforts of public health to support mothers in breastfeeding.

They do this on four identified fronts, all of which are identified as violations by the WHO code:

  • providing free samples to pregnant women and new mothers;
  • providing hospital discharge sample packs for new mothers;
  • directly advertising their products to the public via all forms of media;
  • using misleading and scientifically unproven nutrition and health claims to glamourise their products.
  • You can write the Canadian Minister of Health and the Newfoundland Minister of Health to urge that WHO Code be upheld in our country.

    What else can public health, the medical community as a whole, and breast milk supporters do to counteract the efforts of large, multinational corporations? When will our governments take these violations seriously and act against them?

    WHO Code violations continue


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