World Breastfeeding Week is being marked in Canada from Oct. 1 to 7.
Lactation consultants and public health nurses are available across the Interior Health Authority to assist mothers and infants during the breastfeeding years to ensure families have all the help they require.
“One of the biggest hurdles for mothers is a lack of support for breastfeeding in their community,” said Lea Geiger, an IHA lactation consultant.
“Support and acceptance of breastfeeding from family members, health-care providers, employers and communities can make a big difference in the health of moms and babies.”
According to IHA, breastfeeding has many benefits for both mothers and babies including: bonding and attachment; protecting mom against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis; and protecting babe against ear infections, respiratory infection and diarrhea.
Breastfeeding also promotes babies’ tooth, jaw and brain development and provides optimal nutrition while saving money.