Both the World Health Organization and Health Canada recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4-6 months of life. Breastfeeding provides young infants with optimal nutrition – and more. The antibodies in breast milk protect babies from disease at a time when their immune systems are still developing.

 

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Advantages for Baby:

  • protects again yeast infections, respiratory infection and diarrhea
  • acts as baby’s first immunization
  • optimal nutrition and always fresh
  • promotes teeth and jaw development
  • protects against childhood obesity
  • protects against diabetes, obvious diseases and ulcerative colitis
  • decreased risk of developing allergies
  • associated with decreased incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Advantages for Mom:

  • promotes bonding with baby
  • helps control bleeding and shrinks uterus to normal size after birth
  • protects against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis
  • helps mom lose weight after baby is born
  • saves money
  • saves time
  • does not leave any garbage behind

 

Although breastfeeding is the most natural thing, breastfeeding is a skill and may take time for a mom and baby to learn. It is important to have a support system in place. Kelowna and West Kelowna have several great breastfeeding support systems for new parents in place. They are:

Kelowna Breastfeeding Clinic

Located at the Rutland Health Centre
155 Gray Road, Kelowna, BC
Phone: (250) 868-7730

Access to the Kelowna Breastfeeding Clinic is now by appointment.
If you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding your baby contact the Clinic at 250-868-7730 to book an appointment.
Hours of operation are now Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

The Kelowna Breastfeeding Clinic is staffed with Public Health Nurses who have additional training in breastfeeding and provide individual assessments and counseling to new parents. The nurses will weigh your baby before and after a feeding session to determine how much nourishment your baby is receiving as well as answering all of your questions and addressing all of your breastfeeding concerns.

Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe

www.kelownabreastfeedingcafe.com

The Kelowna Breastfeeding Cafe strives to be a relaxed, non-judgemental and informative place for moms to find breastfeeding support. Whether you are an expectant mom, brand new mom, or a more seasoned mom, we welcome you! Enjoy a free tea/coffee and come out to create relationships with other moms in your community.

Join us to discuss challenges or concerns, share triumphs, and swap “secrets” you have discovered on your breastfeeding journey. We look forward to meeting all you fabulous moms, babies, and mamas to be!

1st Tuesday of the month at Kelowna Community Resource                 3rd Thursday of the month at Malachite Midwives
1735 Dolphin Avenue                                                                                          1955 Bowes Street
10 am -12 pm                                                                                                        12 pm - 2 pm

Drop-in
FREE

 

La Leche League

There are more than 200 La Leche League Canada Groups in communities across the country, providing up-to-date breastfeeding information and personalized support from pregnancy through weaning.

As well as informal meetings, La Leche League Canada offers telephone assistance at any time and home/hospital visits if needed. All La Leche League services are free of charge.

Call 250 860 0575 to speak to a Kelowna Leader. Leaders are volunteers who have nursed their own children, and are trained and accredited by La Leche League Canada to help other breastfeeding women.

The LLLC-Kelowna group meets at 7:00 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 630 Cadder Avenue (The Parent Place). Babies are always welcome!

 

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