Breastfeeding moms to descend on library Saturday

The Greater Victoria Public Library’s regular patrons will have extra company this Saturday – a whole lot of breastfeeding moms.

The Greater Victoria Public Library’s regular patrons will have extra company this Saturday – a whole lot of breastfeeding moms.

In honour of National Breastfeeding Week Oct 1. to 7, the Vancouver Island Health Authority is once again participating in the 11th Annual Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, an international event with the goal of setting the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time.

On Saturday, mothers are invited to breastfeed their babies at the downtown and Juan de Fuca library branches.

“Often times we need to remind ourselves of the importance of why we do what we do, so that we’ll keep doing it,” said Charmaine Enns, medical health officer for the north Island region. “Breastfeeding is one of the quintessential starts to a young person’s life that affects them for the rest of their life. It’s more than just baby getting milk.”

Beyond providing nutrients, antibodies, polyunsaturated acids critical to a baby’s brain development and building a connection between infant and mother, new studies are revealing health benefits later in life to those who were breastfed and to women who breast fed their children, Enns explained.

Adults who have been breastfed are shown to have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and be less overweight, with less Type 2 diabetes. They tend also to do better on IQ tests, Enns said.

VIHA and library staff will be on hand on to answer questions at either location, while chief medical health officer, Dr. Richard Stanwick, will be joining the event at the main branch.

Dads, siblings and caregivers are also invited to learn more about the connection between breastfeeding and early literacy at one of the two participating Greater Victoria libraries.

“We live in a society when it’s not always easy for women to breastfeed,” Enns said.

The Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge is 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 29 at the main branch, 735 Broughton St. and the Juan de Fuca branch, 1759 Island Hwy. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and the latch-on challenge follows at 11 a.m.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Third suspicious package sent to Langford law firm

Hazmat procedures and RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit deployed at Hemminger Law Group again

Debit now accepted onboard BC Ferries

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

West Shore gala highlights public opinion on the best

The WestShore Chamber of Commerce and Goldstream News Gazette host the event on Oct. 25

Spawning salmon start to trickle through Goldstream Park

Projections for this year’s salmon run is 30,000 to 40,000 fish

VicPD plans no ‘direct enforcement action’ on current marijuana dispensaries

VicPD chief speaks to how police will handle legalized cannabis

Watch: Saanich responds to mock emergency for ammonia Leak

Hazmat suits, emergency centre respond to mock ammonia leak

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

After 50 years, ‘Sesame Street’ Big Bird puppeteer retiring

The puppeteer who has played Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is retiring after nearly 50 years on the show.

Britain, EU decide to take some time in getting Brexit right

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said “we need much time, much more time and we continue to work in the next weeks.”

Parole denied for convicted killer-rapist Paul Bernardo after 25 years in prison

Paul Bernardo plead for release on Wednesday by arguing he has done what he could to improve himself during his 25 years in prison.

Man holds newborn son for first time after devastating B.C. racetrack crash

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

Smooth start to legal cannabis in B.C., Mike Farnworth says

Online and government store makes 4,000 sales by noon

Most Read