Happy National Breastfeeding Week!
In Canada, National Breastfeeding Week 2021 is celebrated October 1-7
This year's theme is: Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility
BFIO wants to support you as you spread the word that breastfeeding needs to be protected in our country so we have provided some social
Baby-Friendly Initiative 2021 Virtual Symposium
October 1-7 (1-3 pm EDT daily)
Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and BFI: a shared responsibility.
For further information and details, please click on the links below to see the poster flyers.
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada recommends breastfeeding women/persons can be
offered a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine series as the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine series has a 95% efficacy for preventing serious disease for the
adult population and common side effects are mild.
Breastfeeding women/persons should
Feeding your Baby and Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby have been updated!
They are now available in high quality pdf’s (free!)
Print copies can also be purchased at $1.50 each.
To access click the links below:
Healthy Eating Healthy Baby
Print Copies for Purchase
The following resources have been developed by the BFI Strategy for Ontario group. They may be helpful in the journey toward BFI designation.
As with all resources, BFI Ontario recommends that each organization follow The BFI 10 Steps and WHO code Outcome Indicators for Hospitals and
2020 BFION Breastfeeding Week Celebration Resources
"Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet"
In Canada, we celebrate National Breastfeeding Week from October 1st to 7th each year, and use it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital importance of protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in our
WHO Breastfeeding and COVID - 19 FAQ provides responses to questions that have arisen about the recommendations that were released on March 13, 2020 (www.who.int/publications-detail/clinical-management-of-severe-acute-respiratory-infection-when-novel-coronavirus-(ncov)-infection-is-suspected )
The interim guidance and FAQ reflect:
the available evidence regarding transmission risks of COVID-19 through breastmilk
the protective effects of
Due to continued concerns over COVID-19, the BFI Expo 2020 has been cancelled.
We look forward to bringing Dr James McKenna when this pandemic is over.
Featuring Key Note Speaker: James McKenna
The Return of Humankind's Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement.
Session 1) Setting
Here are some links to information about breastfeeding and COVID-19:
SafelyFed Canada: http://safelyfed.ca/covid19-resources/
ILCA's Resource Page for Skilled Lactation Providers on COVID-19: https://ilca.org/covid-19/
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine's Statement on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.bfmed.org/abm-statement-coronavirus
La Leche League International's current sheet on Coronavirus & Breastfeeding: https://lllusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-sheet.pdf
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) booked for Friday March 27th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled as soon as the current situation around COVID-19 settles down a bit.
Please take care of yourselves and those close to you in the days ahead.
Carolyn Crowley and Wendy