Free group support available for breastfeeding mothers
September 17, 2013
Public health nurses to lead local drop-in group twice a month
STETTLER – Local mothers who have concerns or problems related to breastfeeding following the birth of their baby will now have access to free support twice a month starting in October.
The Breastfeeding Mother’s Drop-In Group will be offered starting Oct. 9. No appointment or referral is necessary. Mothers can access support from Alberta Health Services’ public health nurses, who will be available to consult with mothers who have difficulty breastfeeding and to answer questions about breastfeeding. The group will also provide an opportunity for breastfeeding mothers to meet and offer each other support.
The group will meet at the Stettler Parent Link Centre on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the group, please contact the Stettler Community Health Centre at 403-742-3326.
About 400 babies are born in the Stettler area each year.
Global health organizations, governmental agencies and health professional associations recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life, and continued up to two years and beyond with addition of complementary foods. Breastfeeding offers protection against numerous childhood illnesses, contributes to optimal growth and physical development, and prevents the development of many diseases in adulthood.
Breastfeeding also helps build a unique bond between mother and baby that can last a lifetime.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.9 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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