Resources

Supporting you and your family

The following resources are recommended to support you and your family.

Before You Are Pregnant

Women need Folic Acid
Women Need Folic Acid

Every woman who is sexually active should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4 mg of folic acid.  Folic acid is a B vitamin. During pregnancy, folic acid helps your baby’s spine, brain and skull develop properly. When a baby’s brain and spinal cord do not develop normally in the first weeks of pregnancy it is called a neural tube defect (NTD).  This is a serious birth defect that can cause stillbirth or lifelong physical problems.

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Decisions About Infant Feeding

Feeding Your Baby 2015
Feeding Your Baby: So, You Have a Decision to Make

Learn about a number of the benefits that breastfeeding can bring to the life of your baby and you.

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10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed your baby
10 Great Reasons to Breastfeed your baby

From benefits to the child and mother to its convenience, this article discusses 10 great reasons to breastfeed.

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The Importance of Skin-to-Skin

Skin-to-Skin: Our First Cuddle
Skin-to-Skin: Our First Cuddle

Learn more about the benefits of close contact soon after your baby’s birth including the reduction of stress, encouraged bonding, and more.

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Get to know your baby
Get to Know Your Baby and Let Your Baby Know You

Find out some of the benefits of developing close contact with your baby soon after they are born.

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How To Breastfeed

Breastfeeding Handbook 2016
Breastfeeding Handbook (2016)

Information on how to start breastfeeding and to continue. Lots of topics covered in this one!

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Get to know your baby
Get to Know Your Baby and Let Your Baby Know You

Find out some of the benefits of developing close contact with your baby soon after they are born.

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10 Valuable Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby
10 Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Learn a number of great tips including how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, how to feed your baby, and how to breastfeed while working or attending school.

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How Do I Know My Baby’s Getting Enough Breastmilk?
How Do I Know My Baby’s Getting Enough Breastmilk?

Discover the signs that suggest your baby is getting enough breastmilk, and find out what to do if you have concerns.

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Feeding Your Baby Beyond Six Months

You, Your Child, and Food

This guide is for parents and caregivers of preschool children, and anyone else involved in their care. Helping preschoolers develop healthy eating habits can be a challenge and the goal of this guide is to make it easier. This guide talks about how children learn to taste and enjoy new foods. Because young children’s needs are very different from those of adults, it gives information on portions suitable for young children and encourages parents to recognize when a child feels satisfied. It covers the recommendations for healthy eating in Canada’s Food Guide

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Feeding Your Baby 6-12 Months
Feeding Your Baby 6-12 Months

This handout provides information about feeding healthy full-term infants from age six to twelve months. Your baby needs healthy foods to grow and to develop properly. How your baby eats now will help build the foundation for healthy eating habits for life. Children and adults who eat well and are active are more likely to have better overall health and lower risk of developing certain diseases. (Updated Feb, 2017)    

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Healthy Eating for Your Toddler: Age 12-24 Months
Healthy Eating for Your Toddler: Age 12-24 Months

This practical guide gives you information on how to help your child develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Find answers to questions from parents, just like you, about feeding your toddler. It may surprise you to find out that it’s not your job to get your child to eat. (Updated Feb. 2017)    

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Community

Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: A Practical Workbook for Community-Based Programs

Published by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada in 2014, this workbook aims to assist communities to identify strategies and specific actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in a population health context.

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Fathers

Dear Dad: We Need Your Help to Breastfeed
Dear Dad, We Need Your Help to Breastfeed

Discover ways in which partners can help with breastfeeding, both for the baby and your partner. For more information for fathers, please see our Dads & Partners section.

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Breastfeeding and Public Health

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe
Sleep Well, Sleep Safe

This booklet provides information on healthy sleep practices for parents and infants. It explains how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death. The FAQs & answers along with recommended resources can provide you with further information on healthy and safe sleep for infants. (Updated March 06, 2017)

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Seasonal Flu Info
Seasonal Flu: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Flu Fact Sheet Pregnancy and Breastfeeding November 2014

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Internet Resources

La Leche League Canada
La Leche League Canada

LLL Canada encourages, promotes, and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families, and society. T: 1-800-665-4324.

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Dr. Jack Newman
Dr. Jack Newman

Includes online breastfeeding resources such as handouts and instructional video clips.

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INFACT Canada
INFACT Canada

Promotes mother and infant health through breastfeeding. Monitors formula industry marketing practices in order to protect breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Committee for Canada
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada

The National Authority for the WHO/Unicef Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada. Provides information about how hospitals and community health services can achieve Baby-Friendly designation.

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World Health Organization Resources

Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code, Status Report 2016
Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code, Status Report 2016

The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) released a report revealing the status of national laws to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.  

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Help Lines

La Leche League Canada
La Leche League Canada

LLL Canada encourages, promotes, and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families, and society. T: 1-800-665-4324.

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Motherisk
Motherisk

Available Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm EST, Motherisk Counsellors provide guidance, support, and peace of mind for women and their healthcare providers. T: 1–877–439–2744

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NL HealthLine
Newfoundland and Labrador HealthLine

If you need health advice and information, no matter what time of day, the provincial HealthLine will connect you with an experienced, registered nurse. T: 1–888–709–2929

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Books

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding
Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding

by Dr. Jack Newman and Teresa Pittman Unlike a lot of other books on breastfeeding, this one helps mothers understand breastfeeding, instead of providing rules that often make no sense. As an expert on breastfeeding in North America, Dr. Jack Newman’s guide is comprehensive and helpful.

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (8th revised edition)

by La Leche League International Updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles, this edition of the best-selling guide contains expert information, wisdom from moms, and proven breastfeeding strategies for every stage.

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Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing

by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tacket Whether you are having troubles or you want to get off to a good start with breastfeeding, this book can help. Focused on the seven natural laws of breastfeeding, it will help you avoid common challenges and so much more.

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Newsletter

Summer 2016
2016 Summer

Released in August 2016, this issue covers the retirement of Janet Murphy Goodridge from her position as Provincial Breastfeeding Consultant and Chair of the Baby-Friendly Council; Q&A with Registered Nurse and breastfeeding champion, Corrine Bursey; tips for caregivers for the first 24 hours after birth; a list of new breastfeeding resources; a summary of the latest breastfeeding research; and many other great features.

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2015 Fall
2015 Fall

Released in December 2015, this issue is dedicated to highlighting recent breastfeeding research as well as World Breastfeeding Week 2015 celebrations throughout our province.

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Summer 2015 Newsletter
2015 Summer

Released in June 2015, this issue covers the ASK ME ABOUT BREASTFEEDING campaign in Labrador, tips to support baby-led latching, what's new in Step2 Education, social media and research highlights.

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Winter 2015 Newsletter
2015 Winter

Released in January 2015, this newsletter covers factors that influence early in-hospital formula supplementation, research about the positive impacts from improving breastfeeding rates, the newly released Breastfeeding Strategic Plan for NL 2014-2017, and much more.

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Fall 2014 Newsletter
2014 Fall

Released in October 2014, this issue covers the Step 2 Education Breastfeeding Essentials course, concerns about constipation with breastfed babies, BFNL presence at the 8th Meeting of WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in Vilnius, Lithuania, and a new breastfeeding poster for First Nations and Inuit Communities.

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2014 Spring Newsletter
2014 Spring

Released in May 2014, this newsletter introduces Gander’s new Pediatrician, Dr. Jill Starkes. It also reports on new research and resources, the rising use of nipple shields, and much more.

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2014 Winter Newsletter
2014 Winter

Released in January 2014, this issue of our newsletter discusses whether or not a breastfeeding mother should drink alcohol, highlights the Breastfeeding Doctor Champions that were nominated through Facebook, and covers a number of other important topics.

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2013 Summer Newsletter
2013 Summer

Released in August 2013, the summer issue of our newsletter covers the importance of skin-to-skin contact between baby and mother, proper latching, new research within the province, and a variety of other things.

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2013 Spring Newsletter
2013 Spring

With reports on new and upcoming research, answers to a number of submitted questions, and more, this issue of our newsletter is a great way to catch-up on past important items.

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Promotional Materials

Campaigns
‘You’ll see plenty of strange things… breastfeeding isn’t one of them”

Designed as a humorous campaign to promote public acceptance of breastfeeding, these posters touch on the positive health benefits of breastfeeding, while focusing more on minimizing the stigma about breastfeeding in public.

No Bath for the First 24 Hours Poster
No Bath for the First 24 Hours (Poster)

This poster displays three important reasons for not bathing a newborn within the first 24 hours after birth.

BFNL Business Card
Baby-Friendly NL Business Cards

Are you a health professional or community leader that wants to promote and support breastfeeding? You can order a supply of Baby-Friendly NL business cards to handout.

BFNL Magnet
Baby-Friendly NL Magnet

Baby-Friendly NL photo magnet promoting breastfeeding.

Videos

Jack Newman Visual Guide to Breastfeeding Video
Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding

with Edith Kernerman and Jack Newman (2006) In this 40-minute video, Dr. Newman and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Edith Kernerman, take mothers and healthcare professionals through a no-nonsense approach to baby-led breastfeeding.

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Bringing Baby to the Breast Video
Breastfeeding: Bringing Baby to the Breast

One of the best ways to prepare for breastfeeding is to see other women nursing their babies. This video is aimed at parents during the prenatal period. It can also be shown to parents during the postnatal period, healthcare workers, and students.

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NL Breastfeeds Video
“Newfoundland and Labrador Breastfeeds” video series

These videos are designed to promote increased awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, and to create opportunities to address the challenges that arise when women think about how they will feed their babies.

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Breastfeeding Handbook 2016
Breastfeeding Handbook 2016

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World Breastfeeding Week 2016
World Breastfeeding Week 2016

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NEW YouTube Video!
NEW YouTube Video!

**New YouTube Video! Release Date October 1st, 2016 as a part of the World Breastfeeding Week activities in NL** Baby-Friendly NL would like to thank the breastfeeding moms (and supportive partners) that participated in the new YouTube Video.

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Private Lactation Consultant
Private Lactation Consultant

Janet Beattie is a private practice Lactation consultant (IBCLC) with over eight years experience. She provides 1.5-2 hour home visits, and is available evenings and weekends. Please click here for more details and for contact information.

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Breastfeeding Myths Part 1
Breastfeeding Myths Part 1

"If Babies Could Talk: What They'd Want You to Know about Breastfeeding" - This new video will be used throughout Public Health in NL, as well as shared widely over social media for public education and awareness.

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World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (in Canada) will be celebrated October 1-7, 2015. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this year's theme is: "Breastfeeding...Making it Work". Click below for more information about events and how you can join the celebration!

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