Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

World Breastfeeding Week Canada

on October 3, 2013

World Breastfeeding Week Oct 1-7 2013: Support, close to mothers!

In Canada 87.5% of mothers initiate breastfeeding. Unfortunately many mothers stop exclusive breastfeeding in the early weeks when they encounter challenges and are unable to find the information and support they need to work through them. Scheduled visits with health professionals can mean that there is a time lapse between when questions and concerns arise and the visit date. Pregnant women are encouraged to think ahead and create a breastfeeding support plan prior to giving birth.

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It is well known that mothers who have good support systems within their family and peer group are more likely to exclusively breastfeeding to six months and to have a breastfeeding experience that they rate as successful. La Leche League Canada meetings are a place where, for over 50 years, mothers have found a supportive breastfeeding peer group. All La Leche League Canada Leaders are volunteers who are experienced breastfeeding mothers trained to provide up-to-date breastfeeding information and encouragement. At meetings the guided discussions assist women to gain knowledge about their current stage of breastfeeding, information about stages and situations they may encounter in the future and the opportunities to share the experience they have gained as breastfeeding mothers. For those mothers who can’t attend group meetings La Leche League Canada support is accessible by phone, e-mail and the internet.

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Direct breastfeeding support can come from partners, family, friends as well as trained peer supporters such as La Leche League Canada Leaders. Supportive communities are created when mothers and their breastfeeding babies are welcomed in stores, restaurants and everywhere else.

This World Breastfeeding Week (and every other week) be a breastfeeding supporter whether you are a health professional, a trained peer supporter, family member, friend, business person or a member of the larger community.

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If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group  or  Internationally http://www.llli.org/

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