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BREASTFEEDING 101

- Upcoming Class Can Help Support New Moms Who Want To Nurture Their Babies the Breast Way -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – The best way to nurture a newborn is the breast way, and upcoming ‘Breastfeeding 101’ classes can help new mothers make this vital link with their babies.

‘Preparation for Breastfeeding’ is the official name of the free classes being offered by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District in the next few weeks:

  •  In Campbellford on Thursday, May 23, from 6-8:30 pm, at the Ontario Early Years Centre (179 Saskatoon Ave.)
  • In Port Hope on Saturday, June 1, from 9 am to noon, at the HKPR District Health Unit office (200 Rose Glen Rd.)

Each class is geared to expectant mothers and new moms, as well as their partners, providing information and tips on breastfeeding, as well as resources available in the community. To pre-register for either class, people can call the Health Unit office in Port Hope at (905) 885-9100, ext. 275, in Brighton at (613) 475-0933, ext. 224, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

“Breastfeeding does not come with a how-to manual. It can be a learning experience for women, and that is why attending the breastfeeding class can offer the support and encouragement they need to succeed,” says Cheryl Baker, RN, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

While the class is led by a Registered Nurse, there is just as much to learn from other parents attending the session. “Being in the room with other parents who are planning to breastfeed can also give a boost,” she adds. “There is a realization that you are not alone breastfeeding your baby. The shared advice and experiences can make the adjustment easier for everyone.”

In the Health Unit’s area, it is estimated nearly 91 per cent of mothers intend to breastfeed. However, some women do not breastfeed as long as they would like, in part due a lack of awareness on where to get support in the community, says Tammy Thomson, RN, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

“We know that women who are informed and well-supported have an easier time breastfeeding,” she says. “Attending the Preparation for Breastfeeding class can give them confidence so they enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding their baby.”

Research shows breastfed babies have a reduced risk of developing diabetes, asthma, ear and upper respiratory infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Breastfeeding also helps women lose weight gained during pregnancy, and over the long-term, helps protect them against breast and ovarian cancer, as well as weak bones. In Canada, it is recommended women exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months of life, as breast milk is the best food for optimal growth. For more breastfeeding support and resources, call the Health Unit or visit www.hkpr.on.ca .

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For media inquiries, contact:

Cheryl Baker, RN, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 275,

or Tammy Thomson, RN, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (613) 475-0933, ext. 224.

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