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Local groups celebrate World Breastfeeding Week


World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated this week with organizations in Pictou County taking part.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the 2nd year Practical Nursing students, in partnership with NSCC Enactus and Pictou County Baby Friendly Network, held a breastfeeding Café on Oct. 5. From left are Alexis Suirane, Georgia MacDonald and Nicole MacDonald with breastfeeding selfie.

At the NSCC the 2nd year Practical Nursing students, in partnership with NSCC Enactus and Pictou County Baby Friendly Network, held a breastfeeding Café on Oct. 5.  This café was developed in hopes of educating others on the importance of breastfeeding along with promoting awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the 2030 Sustainable development goals formed by the World Health Organization.

The café involved the students diving into the sustainability goals and providing education on the relationship between the goal and breastfeeding and how it is relevant within our community. 

"Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development" is the 2016 World Breastfeeding Week theme. World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been celebrated since 1992 and is the biggest social mobilization platform for breastfeeding. Participation has grown steadily and WBW is now celebrated in over 170 countries by more than 1.5 million individuals, with a reach of up to 30 million through mainstream and social media.

At the Aberdeen Hospital, employees are celebrating WBW by providing packages to breastfeeding mothers The Aberdeen Hospital’s breastfeeding rates are over 80 per cent.

Although mothers can breastfeed anywhere at any time, staff who return to work or those visiting the hospital can breastfeed in a private breastfeeding room on the maternity floor or on 3rd floor next to the obstetrician’s waiting rooms. The breastfeeding room has a breast pump for moms to use with a comfortable chair and a change area for baby. 

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