Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/September 27, 2017 – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) and other community partners are hosting three family friendly events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). In Canada, WBW is celebrated October 1 to 7 and this year’s theme is “sustaining breastfeeding together.”
Support for breastfeeding is a major contributor to breastfeeding success. Partners, friends, family, and professionals can all play a role in supporting breastfeeding families.
“We’re all in this together,” says health promoter, Emily Bray. “As a community, let’s support women to breastfeed wherever and whenever. A culture that supports breastfeeding can enhance breastfeeding duration and increase breastfeeding rates.”
Breastfeeding has many benefits for mother, baby, and society. Breast milk is the safest, most nutrient-rich food for babies and breastfeeding enhances bonding and the social and emotional development of babies and children. Breastfeeding contributes to sustainable development and is affordable for all families.
HPEPH, in partnership with other local organizations, will be hosting the following events to celebrate WBW:
Breastfeeding Brunch, Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-12:00pm – The Quinte Breastfeeding Advocacy Network presents the 11th Annual Breastfeeding Brunch. Latch On at 11:00am for the Quintessence Challenge. Taking place at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 179 North Park Street, Belleville. Sponsored by the Quinte Midwives.
Mom and Baby Yoga, Tuesday, October 3, 10:00am-12:00pm – Hosted by North Hastings Children’s Services, join this free yoga event to bond with your baby in a welcoming and supportive environment. Refreshments to follow. Taking place at North Hastings Children’s Services, 20 Hastings Heritage Way, Bancroft.
Family Walk, Thursday, October 5, 10:00am-12:00pm – Hosted by Belleville Babywearing and Hike it Baby group, join a walk along the Riverside Park Trail. The walk will begin at 10:30am, rain or shine. Come early to try out a new carrier. Enjoy a light lunch after the walk. Meet at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 179 North Park Street, Belleville.
“All events are free and open to all families,” says Emily Bray. “By supporting events that bring community organizations and the public together towards the common goal of celebrating breastfeeding, we can support breastfeeding while also providing a space and opportunity for families to build community.”
For more information call the Child Health CARELine 613-966-5500 ext. 223 or visit www.hpepublichealth.ca.
Emily Bray, Health Promoter