On Saturday, Sept. 29, Kamloops moms and babies will gather to take part in the worldwide challenge for the most children breastfeeding simultaneously in one location.
This fun celebration is an opportunity to join together, to celebrate and to take action by raising public awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.
This global challenge started in 2001 and the number of participants is growing every year.
Last year, 4,646 children in 16 countries around the world took part in the breastfeeding challenge.
Kamloops breastfeeding mothers are invited to take part in this years challenge at St Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola St.
Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the latch-on time is 11 a.m.
Why take part in such an event?
The breastfeeding challenge is a strategy to help spread the message breastfeeding is normal and important for child and maternal health.
Breastfeeding promotes bonding and closeness between mom and baby.
It provides optimal nutrition and has
hundreds of antibodies, enzymes and other factors that protect babies from infections and disease.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life and then continued breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods for two years and beyond.
Are you a Kamloops mom looking for places where you can feel comfortable to breastfeed while out and about in the community?
Check out this map of family-friendly and breastfeeding-friendly locations in Kamloops.
To view the map, visit the Make Children First website at makechildrenfirst.ca/family-and-breastfeeding-friendly-map.html.
Simone Jennings is a registered dietitian in Kamloops.