BFI Ontario BFI Report 2019

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The BFI Strategy for Ontario has completed a provincial report card and value proposition about BFI implementation in the province. BFI Ontario and BORN were partners in the initial stages and advisors during the development of the documents.The data is striking, and you will also find that the information is presented in a succinct way that is easy to understand and share.

To that end, please review, discuss, and share widely. We are at a point in the province when advocacy is key to ensuring optimal infant feeding practices continue to be implemented and supported financially. Please consider who you can share and discuss these reports with to keep the conversation going...

BFI Value Proposition
Ontario Report Card

Margaret Sherratt
Co-Chair, BFI Ontario

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BCC BFI Symposium_Call for Abstracts-page-001

To submit an abstract:

For all inquiries, contact us by email or phone:

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

Kyla Wright

+1 867 767 9064 ext. 49242

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Nina Larsson and Kyla Wright

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The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada presents a three-day interactive symposium with experiential learning opportunities that will investigate how health equity and social justice approaches can inform the Baby-Friendly Initiative and its implementation in Canada.

It is well known that families and communities in Canada can experience significant disparities in breastfeeding rates and access to support.  Constraints are caused by unmet social determinants of health and a range of injustices including gender inequality, racism, poverty and violence.  Participants will learn how to move beyond the organizational practices and to build the critical connections necessary for transformative change in breastfeeding promotion, policy and research.

Please see the event website for more details about the Symposium (including accommodations and travel):

To register:

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We are seeking feedback from parents who have given birth within the past few years in Ontario.

Please pass the following link along to mother-to-mother support groups in your area and any other contacts who might be able to distribute the survey.

Here is the link:

The survey is easy to complete, asks 10 questions, and should not take long to finish.  Participation is voluntary and no identifying information will be shared. The information summarized from the survey will enrich a BFI report card for Ontario.


Marg La Salle
BFI Assessment Coordinator, BFI Ontario

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The following documents and links  are now posted on the BCC website under tabs BFI Project and L’IAB Projet:

Please share the above documents/links broadly with your colleagues.

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Supporting the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)
Designation and Re-designation:
Why It Matters!

The webinar will be held on Monday March 18th, 12 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)Speaker: Kathy O’Grady Venter RN, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, Lead Assessor

Who should attend: Community health service and hospital practice leads in maternal-newborn programs including managers, directors, BFI leads, nurse educators, nurses, lactation consultants, midwives, dietitians, paediatricians, primary care practitioners including family physicians and nurse practitioners.

About: This webinar will highlight how the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) has encouraged facilities providing maternity and newborn services to better support breastfeeding and provide evidence-based care to all mothers and infants regardless of their infant-feeding decision. BFI continues to support continuous quality-improvement strategies and motivate facilities. In this webinar, Kathy O’Grady Venter, will highlight evidence why BFI designation and re-designation is important to all families, society and individual health care settings. National and provincial strategies and investments that support organizations will be reviewed.

Registration: Please register at
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants.

We hope you can join us.

Elizabeth Brazeau
Coordinator, Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) Strategy for Ontario
Administrative Support, Pumps for Preemies Program
Monday to Thursday

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The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada is seeking a Parent Partner to participate in planning, designing and implementing a Quality Improvement Collaborative that will scale up the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada. The Parent Partner will join a multi-disciplinary Planning Team and contribute to the detail design and curriculum content of the Quality Improvement Collaborative workshops and action phases. The Parent Partner will be a member of the Expert Faculty and will deliver coaching sessions for hospitals related to engaging parents. The Parent Partner will also assist with developing and supporting a Parent Partner Network with other Parent Partners from participating hospitals. The Parent Partner will share their experience in participating in the project as part of the project evaluation and dissemination of learnings.

Deadline to apply is Feb 22nd.

Learn more at :

Please address your inquiries to  

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The BFI Strategy for Ontario and Toronto Public Health are pleased to introduce the first of a series of revised Breastfeeding Protocols designed to assist health care providers with clinical care and support of families who breastfeed. The Protocols are intended to guide clinical decision making with tips and research evidence and educate health care providers with information from basic breastfeeding knowledge to complex situations and challenges.

The revised protocols:

  • Provide excellent, evidence-based guidance for clinical practice
  • Support health care providers with breastfeeding knowledge from novice to expert
  • Assist with problem solving and decision making
  • Support consistency across professions and across the continuum of care
  • Are easily accessed from (search “protocols”)
  • May be downloaded to desktops for instant availability even without internet

Protocols will be released as they are completed. Now available are:

Watch for further announcements and additional protocols. Contact us with any questions or comments at

C’est avec grand plaisir que la Stratégie sur l’initiative Amis des bébés de l’Ontario et la Direction de la santé publique de Toronto présentent le premier d’une série de protocoles d’allaitement révisés conçus pour aider les fournisseurs de soins de santé dans leur pratique clinique et dans les services de soutien qu’ils offrent aux familles qui allaitent. Les protocoles visent à orienter les décisions cliniques à l’aide de conseils et de résultats de recherches, tout en mettant à la disposition des fournisseurs de soins de santé des renseignements de base sur l’allaitement maternel, ainsi que sur les situations complexes et certains des défis qui peuvent se présenter.

Les protocoles révisés :

  • Sont d’excellents guides pour la pratique clinique fondés sur des données probantes.
  • Soutiennent les fournisseurs de soins de santé en leur offrant de l’information de base et spécialisée sur l’allaitement maternel.
  • Facilitent la résolution de problèmes et la prise de décisions.
  • Permettent d’assurer la constance dans les diverses professions et la continuité des soins.
  • Sont facilement accessibles à l’adresse (faire une recherche avec le mot-clé « protocoles ») (en anglais seulement).
  • Peuvent être téléchargés sur votre ordinateur de bureau et consultés à votre guise, même sans accès à Internet.

Les protocoles seront publiés au fur et à mesure qu’ils seront révisés. Vous pouvez consulter les protocoles suivants dès maintenant (en anglais seulement) :

Ne manquez pas les annonces à suivre et la publication d’autres protocoles. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez des questions ou si vous voulez nous faire part de vos commentaires en écrivant à

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We are pleased to share some very exciting news from the BCC Board. The BCC is excited to announce that the Public Health Agency of Canada is funding $1.3 million over five years to improve maternal infant health by increasing breastfeeding rates in Canada.  The primary aim of the project is to revitalize and expand implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative in Canada.  The project will adapt, implement and evaluate a national quality improvement initiative with 25 participating hospitals.  Hospitals will be invited to apply for this opportunity in the coming months and will be supported through a national learning collaborative with a series of workshops and webinars as they move forward on their BFI journey.

Michelle LeDrew has been awarded the position of National BCC Baby-Friendly Project Director and will provide leadership to the BCC funded projects. Michelle has volunteered with the BCC for the past 17 years and is a Lead Baby-Friendly Assessor.  She is past co-chair of the BCC Assessment Committee and the BCC Board. Michelle is passionate about improving maternal infant health and recognizes that breastfeeding is an important opportunity to support individual families as well as improve population health. She has worked in public health and acute care environments as a Registered Nurse and Senior Health Leader for the past 26 years.  Most recently, Michelle was the Director, Women's and Newborn Health Program at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. The IWK Health Centre is a tertiary centre with over 4800 births annually and a 40 bed NICU. In July 2018, the IWK was designated Baby-Friendly.  Michelle is thrilled to have the opportunity to work collaboratively across Canada to spread the uptake of BFI and is eager to get started.

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