Nov. 18, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - World-renowned pediatrician Dr. Jack Newman will be delivering a series of workshops on breastfeeding management to health-care professionals throughout New Brunswick this month.
The New Brunswick Baby-Friendly Advisory Committee has invited Newman to deliver the workshops to update physicians and other health-care providers on the facts and misconceptions about the management of breastfeeding. While breastfeeding is normal and natural, it is also a learned skill for which mothers need support from knowledgeable health-care providers.
The workshops will be offered in Bathurst on Nov. 17; Campbellton on Nov. 17-18; Miramichi on Nov. 18; Moncton on Nov. 19; Saint-John and Fredericton on Nov. 20; and Waterville and Edmundston on Nov. 21. Newman will also present a lecture for the general public in Woodstock on the evening of Nov. 21.
Newman founded the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada, and is a consultant with UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. He is a popular speaker at breastfeeding conferences around the world, and has many publications to his credit.
The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued breastfeeding to the age of two years or more. Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs at each stage of growth and development, and protects babies from illness. The longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the protection is for both mother and baby. The number of New Brunswick babies who are exclusively breastfed at four months is the lowest in Canada, at only 25 per cent in comparison to the national rate of 48 per cent.
To help create a culture that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding, the Department of Health adopted the Baby-Friendly Initiative in 2006. As a result, health-care facilities are implementing best-practice principles that are outlined by the initiative to ensure that all parents receive consistent, accurate and evidence-based information concerning infant feeding.
For more information, contact Isabelle Mélançon, New Brunswick Baby-Friendly Initiative co-ordinator, at 506-869-6008, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.