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- Upcoming Events to Highlight the Benefits and Importance For Families to Support Breastfeeding -

(LINDSAY) – Two upcoming events in the City of Kawartha Lakes are designed to further promote the ‘breast is best’ message to new moms and the men in their lives.Fittingly, these events are set to start next Tuesday (February 19), immediately after the new Family Day holiday.

“It’s important for families to consider the benefits of breastfeeding, so the timing of the events so close to Family Day could not be any better,” says Cindy Hutchinson, a Family Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, and a member of a community coalition that promotes breastfeeding in the area.The first event is a free Preparation for Breastfeeding class being organized by the Health Unit on February 19 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at its office (108 Angeline St. S.) in Lindsay. The class, which is geared to new moms and their partners, provides information and tips on breastfeeding, as well as resources available in the community. People can still register for the class by calling the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 308. The next breastfeeding class is set for the end of May.

“Breastfeeding is one of the best decisions parents can make for their babies,” says Hutchinson. “Being in a class with other parents who are planning to breastfeed can really help in the process and increase the chances for success.”

On the same day the Health Unit is holding its class, the City of Kawartha Lakes Breastfeeding Coalition is also unveiling a breastfeeding display that will be set up at the Lindsay Square Mall from February 19 to 25. The display will promote the benefits of breastfeeding, focusing on what fathers can do to support their female partners who breastfeed.

“Breastfeeding does not come with a ready-to-use, how-to manual,” Hutchinson notes. “It can be a real adjustment for women, and that is where the support, encouragement and care of their partners can really make a big difference.”

The CKL Breastfeeding Coalition includes representatives from the Health Unit, Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay La Leche League, Ontario Early Years Centre, Infant Development Program, Midwives of Lindsay and the Lakes, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, as well as private Lactation Consultants, a breastfeeding mother and a local doctor. The coalition is actively working to promote interest in and awareness of breastfeeding in the community.

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.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Cindy Hutchinson, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 308.

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