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Health Unit Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week and Trains Peer Volunteers

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Perth County ― World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated across Canada from October 1st to 7th, 2017.

As part of their celebration, the Health Unit hosted their first Breastfeeding Peer Volunteer Training workshop earlier in September. The event was organized by the Kids First Perth Breastfeeding Group and involved nine mothers who are passionate about breastfeeding and eager to support other mothers on their breastfeeding journeys. Discussion topics included the role of peer volunteers, helping moms make informed decisions about infant feeding, positive communication and strategies for responding to online Facebook posts, and the importance of encouraging moms to seek professional breastfeeding services when needed.

“Research shows that mothers are more successful at breastfeeding and do it for longer when they have better access to local supports and information,” says Glenda Blair, Public Health Nurse. “These drop-in programs and the online support group are tools that help moms to successfully breastfeed.”

To join the Facebook online Breastfeeding Buddies go to Facebook and search “Breastfeeding Buddies Perth – private group” and request to join the page.

Breastfeeding Buddies free drop-in groups are held each month both in Stratford and Listowel. Toddlers are welcome!

Breastfeeding Buddies – Stratford

First Thursday of each month, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Stratford Early Years Centre, 35 Waterloo Street North

Call 519-273-9082

Breastfeeding Buddies – North Perth

Last Wednesday of the month, 10:00 to 11:00 am

North Perth Early Years Centre, Playroom, 955 Binning Street West

Call 519-291-6626

For more information:

  • Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267
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