May 27- June 03, 2017: Check out the Baby-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Facebook Page to find the six MEMEs below. Like, love, comment and SHARE these images on your Facebook and any social media channels you’d like!
There is evidence behind the recommendation to place baby skin-to-skin early after birth and often. There are also policies within the health regions in NL protecting skin-to-skin time with baby after birth. Talk to your health care team about skin-to-skin contact.
Skin-to-skin contact: Steadies your baby’s temperature, breathing, heart rate and blood sugar, calms baby and reduces crying, reduces stress in you and your baby, encourages bonding, helps your body produce milk, allows you to learn your baby’s hunger cues, helps you recover after birth.
Are you a Nan or Pop? Did you know you play a very important role in decision-making around infant feeding?
In the 1970’s only about 30% of women in NL initiated breastfeeding in hospital.
Today, in 2017, about 74% of women initiate breastfeeding in hospital.
Infant feeding practices are changing in NL. More women today are breastfeeding.
Even if you did not breastfeed, there are many things you can do to help support breastfeeding in your family and community today. Learn more on this website about topics such as: skin-to-skin contact, where to find help, how partners can provide support, normal sleep behaviours… etc
“Is that youngster nursing again?” … Proper thing.
Cluster feeding is completely normal. You can learn more about what to expect in the early days and how to help get breastfeeding off to a great start for your grandchild.
Sometimes it takes a village: moms, dads, partners, nans, pops, siblings, aunts, uncles, community leaders, health professionals, volunteers… and even Facebook! It’s important to surround yourself with as much support as you can throughout your breastfeeding journey. Trust us, your tribe is out there
Find help and support near you!
You might already know that breastmilk is free, but did you also know that it is the most portable, safe, and fuss-free way to feed your child? Or that YOUR breastmilk is actually custom-made for YOUR child and changes every time you feed? What kind of magic is that?!
Here are some more fascinating facts about breastfeeding and breastmilk
“Sure ya knows”.. It’s obvious to some, but many families have questions about breastfeeding and breast milk.
Learn about Health Canada recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and beyond (with the appropriate introduction of iron rich solid foods at 6 months) and how to tell if your baby is getting enough breastmilk.
Think about how you will feed your baby. Talk about your concerns and feelings … ask questions. It should feel right for you and your family. Whatever you decide, your health care providers will give you the information and support you need.