Make Breastfeeding Your Business: Everybody benefits!. Adapted with permission from the Lunenburg & Queens Baby Friendly Initiative™ Committee. Why talk about Breastfeeding?. Health Canada recommends babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months and up to 2 years and beyond.
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Adapted with permission from the Lunenburg & Queens Baby Friendly Initiative™ Committee
Mothers- decreases risk of some chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, ovarian and breast cancer
Babies- decreases risk of infections, asthma, diabetes, and childhood obesity
Environmentally friendly and supports sustainability
Reduces food costs for families
Reduces health care costs
Promotes social equity
All of these benefits resonate into the community and improves quality of life and well being of community members
Supporting breastfeeding creates healthier communities and sends a message that breastfeeding is valued, thus the health and future of our children and our community members matter.
Bottle feeding culture
Lack of breastfeeding knowledge
Uncomfortable feeding baby in public
Lack of community support
Returning to work
Yarmouth County community members have identified a need for Baby-friendly spaces and places within our communities where they can freely bring their children and know they can feed them as needed.
And it can start within our own community
Endorse breastfeeding policy for employees returning to work
Endorse breastfeeding policy to support community members accessing programs and services
Create accessible “Baby-friendly” spaces
Educate employees how to provide support for a co-worker or community member
Educate employees how to address concerns raised by individuals in regards to a mother who is breastfeeding
Have employees who:
Have a positive influence as to whether and when a mother returns to work
Improve employee productivity, satisfaction, loyalty & morale
Enhance recruitment and retention
Reduce parent absenteeism due to a sick child as breastfeeding helps infants fight infections
Have community members who:
Community organizations that are already working towards “Making Breastfeeding Their Business”: