A  member has shared this link to a video featuring Dr. Ariel Dalfen (a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai hospital), Courtney Jung (author of the book “Lactivism”), and a woman who gave birth 8 years ago who links her postpartum depression with  feelings of being pressured to breastfeed by healthcare providers.   Members are encouraged to always practice in accordance with the BFI Practice Outcome Indicators and facilitate informed decision making about infant feeding and being supportive of the decisions made by our clients.

Video link is: http://www.ctv.ca/YourMorning/Video/The-breastfeeding-pressures-new-moms-face-vid1063591

A booklet produced by Unicef (United Kingdom) titled “Having Meaningful Conversations with Mothers” might be useful in your practice.  Please see the link below.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0cf6f2962d293fc1b5356938e/files/3735f70a-2270-4711-b97f-ba43cf93c203/meaningful_conversations.pdf

Another resource that you may wish to check out is a free webinar by Nancy Mohrbacher through Gold Learning.  The presentation will be live at noon (EST) on March 1st.   The description of the presentation indicates that it is about recent research that provides insight into how breastfeeding help is perceived by the families in our care.   Link is: https://www.goldlearning.com/ce-library/all-lectures/free-webinar-%7C-a-mother-s-eye-view-of-breastfeeding-help-detail#utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=IBCLCDay

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Briefing Note                                                

SUBJECT/ISSUE:
The BFI Ontario executive members would like to address the recent media releases regarding the death of Florence Leung, and the perception that the Baby-Friendly Initiative pressures mothers to breastfeed.

BACKGROUND:
From recent media coverage, we know that Florence Leung was a mother of a young son and also struggling with postpartum depression. Florence Leung went missing in late October and her body was recovered by police on November 16, 2016 in the waters near Bowen Island, B. C. No evidence of foul play was suspected.
Florence's husband, Dr. Kim Chen, posted messages on Facebook regarding the pressures to exclusively breastfeed and how mothers can feel guilty and perceive themselves as a "bad mother" when they feed infant formula.
On January 25, 2017, the CBC program, “The Current” aired a podcast about Florence Leung, titled “Breastfeeding ‘lactivists’ may be doing more harm than good, says author”. The podcast and story can be found at the following link: The Current

COMMENTS:
BFI Ontario wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Florence Leung.
The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC) is aware of this tragic situation and the associated media coverage regarding Florence Leung, and are prepared to provide a statement if requested. BFI Ontario will provide notice to the membership if the BCC makes a public statement.
The British Columbia Lactation Consultant Association has issued a news release that articulates the key messages and addresses concerns around shaming and pressuring mothers to breastfeed, and their commitment to “support access to services that are tailored to the unique needs of each mother-baby pair”. This news release will be posted on the BFI Ontario website.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
BFI designated organizations and organizations pursuing BFI designation can be confident that the Baby-Friendly Initiative supports all mothers, regardless of their infant feeding decision.

Submitted by:
Robyn Merkley, RN
Political Advocate, BFI Ontario

Date: February 1, 2017

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Relive the excitement and the memories this year's Ontario BFI  Expo 2015 here!

 

 

 

 

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20150505_110453 (2)Having the BFI Ontario Display at your event is now easier than ever! Simply go to the BFI Display page in the Members section and fill out the form. We will send the display free of charge! You can also download our information sheets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The newest document from BFI Ontario and the Best Start Resource Centre is now available to download. You can find it here!

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The BFI Ontario Information Sheet.

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