Sonya Devries feeds her seven-month-old son

Sonya Devries feeds her seven-month-old son

Nurses hosting events

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated until Monday in Vernon

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated until Monday in Vernon

Interior Health Authority nurses along with community partners will hosting events to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and build support for breastfeeding in communities.

“Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not always easy. Learning to breastfeed and becoming comfortable with breastfeeding takes time,” said Joanne Smrek, IHA regional knowledge co-ordinator.

“Support from family, friends, health-care providers, and communities can make all the difference in building a woman’s confidence and comfort with breastfeeding.”

On Thursday, there will be refreshments, a baby wearing fashion show and door prizes at the Vernon library from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, the Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Vernon Jubilee Hospital (Polson tower level two waiting area).

Public health nurses are available at health units to assist mothers and infants during the breastfeeding years to ensure families have all the help they need to give babies the best start in life.

Contact your local public health unit for more information.

Support is also now just a click away with Healthy Families B.C.’s new pregnancy and parenting section and its hosting of the Breastfeeding Buddy Tool at healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/breastfeeding-buddy.

This web-based app is full of tips, tools, videos, and more to help with breastfeeding.