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Making Breastfeeding Work

There is a lot to celebrate about breastfeeding, including a community that supports breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding week in Canada is Oct. 1 to 7, and the theme of this year’s celebration is “Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s Make it Work!” Join us this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Vernon library for a breastfeeding celebration event.

Everyone is invited to come out and hear how mothers in our community, including a flight attendant, have successfully combined work and breastfeeding. Lawyer Nick Jacob of Davidson Pringle will speak on breastfeeding as a human right and Linda Boyd, public health dietitian, will share tips for choosing breastfeeding-friendly child care.

At 11 a.m., breastfeeding mothers will be invited to “latch on” their babies as part of the Breastfeeding Challenge, an annual event across Canada and in countries around the world to see who has the most breastfeeding babies (as a percentage of the birthrate) “latched on” at 11 a.m. local time. Mothers must arrive prior to 11 a.m. in order to register for the “latch-on.”

The Vernon event is organized by the North Okanagan Breastfeeding Committee under the North Okanagan Early Years Council. Join us for a fun and informative morning with amazing door prizes and refreshments (including some very special cupcakes). For more information, call 250-549-6332 or join the 2015 Quintessence Breastfeeding Celebration & Latch-on Event on Facebook.

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