For Grandparents

An important source of support

The experience and knowledge of grandmothers and grandfathers can be an invaluable resource when raising a child, and encouraging their involvement is an important part of developing support for your decision to breastfeed.

Grandmothers and Grandfathers are an important source of support for new mothers and families. Their own personal experiences and knowledge with infant feeding can influence mothers’ decisions to begin breastfeeding and to keep it going.

The reality is that many of today’s grandmothers may not have breastfed. Often they are unfamiliar with baby care that does not include bottle feeding of formula. Before baby is born, you can discuss your plan to breastfeed and encourage their support. Suggest that before or after the birth, you attend a breastfeeding support group together. Provide them with information about breastfeeding and suggest that they speak to others who have breastfed or who have family that breastfed. Let them know that you value their support and suggest other ways that they can be involved in baby care such as changing diapers, cuddling with baby, taking baby for a walk, or soothing baby when she is fussy.

To help further the involvement of grandparents in your choice to breastfeed, we occasionally host events catered to them. Please visit our Events section for future dates.

Helpful Resources

NL YouTube Video: Thoughts from a grandmother

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Local Research on the Role of Grandmothers

The objective of this study was to explore mothers’ perceptions of grandmothers’ breastfeeding knowledge and support, as part of a larger study to design an intervention that facilitates the development of grandmothers’ support of breastfeeding.

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La Leche League of Canada

Discover a number of tips on how to bridge the gap between grandparents and yourself in order to further your network of support in regard to your choice to breastfeed.

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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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