National Breastfeeding Week - Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events:

Thursday October 1, 2pm (EST) – Opening Ceremony 

O Canada - The Horn section of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Opening Ceremony and Land Acknowledgement - Asha Frost 

Welcome - Zion Tankard, LLL International Executive Director

La Leche League Canada – Who, What and Where We are Going - Melissa Fenwick, Coordinator of Leader Accreditation

La Leche League Canada is here to support you with your breastfeeding goals. As a volunteer organization, LLLC also needs you to assist others on their journey of parenting and breastfeeding or chestfeeding. Interested in becoming an accredited La Leche League Leader?  Not sure of what to do next? Please join Melissa for a discussion on Leader accreditation and responsibilities.

Friday October 2, 2020 2pm (EST) – What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding - Dr Jack Newman

Dr Newman will be showing and discussing short videos that will point out how weighing babies is not a good method of knowing that breastfeeding is going well or not, how allergy to something in breastmilk is very uncommon in the exclusive breastfed baby and what is more likely the cause. Also a discussion on how nipple shape and illness in baby can be overcome.

Saturday, October 3, 2020 2pm (EST) – Sleeping With Your Baby - A Parent's Guide to Co-Sleeping - Dr James McKenna

“Most of the present world cultures practice forms of cosleeping and there are very few cultures in the world for which it would ever even be thought acceptable or desirable to have babies sleep alone.”  Dr. James J. McKenna brings light to the facts behind outdated cultural opinions and practices that have interfered with the most natural and supportive ways of parenting and co-sleeping. With passion for his subject, Dr. McKenna will include guidance on how to support babies getting optimal sleep, nourishment during the night, and how best to respond to little ones who are crying. Letting babies “cry it out” is not the way, according to decades of research and eons of experience throughout human evolution. Our nature is to snuggle, as our biology confirms. Snuggle, don’t struggle.

Dr. McKenna is introduced by: Penny Van Esterik, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, recently retired from York University, Toronto and founding member of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

Saturday, October 3, 3:30pm (EST) Virtual Breastfeeding Challenge/Latch On  - Quintessence Foundation holds the Challenge to provide support for breastfeeding women. Breastfeeding has many well-documented benefits including better health for both mothers and babies. However, many women fail to meet their own breastfeeding goals and wean their children prematurely, well before meeting the recommended guidelines. Two of the biggest hurdles for mothers continue to be lack of support and marginalization by the community. The Challenge strives to increase public awareness of the normalacy of breastfeeding, the benefits to mother, child and community and the ways in which women need support to achieve the recommended duration for breastfeeding.           

NOTE: for participation in the Challenge please register separately for this FREE event: CLICK HERE

Sunday, October 4, 2pm (EST) – Baby Led Weaning and a Healthier Planet - Teresa Pitman 

Breastfeeding can teach us, as parents, many things. For example, breastfeeding is more likely to work well when parents respond to baby's cues. That lesson also applies to starting solids: it's more likely to work well when babies choose when, what and how much to eat. In this presentation, Teresa will explain how a baby-led approach to starting solid foods promotes better health throughout the baby's life, while also being better for the environment. 

Emma Hamilton, La Leche League Canada Board of Directors and Leader, will introduce Teresa Pitman.

Monday, October 5, 2pm (EST) – Where’s The Mother? - Trevor MacDonald 

In a time when to most people "pregnancy" automatically means "motherhood," what is it like to get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed a child all while being an out transgender man? When Trevor MacDonald decided to start a family, he knew that the world was going to have questions for him. As a transgender man in a gay relationship, Trevor has gone through the journeys of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing all while exploring (and sometimes defending) his role as a trans dad. Trevor and his partner tackled all the questions new parents are familiar with: Should we feed our baby breast milk or formula? Should we have a hospital or home birth? and others perhaps unfamiliar: How can a man cope with gender dysphoria when going through such female-coded rituals as childbirth and breastfeeding? How can a person breastfeed after having had chest masculinization surgery? How do we find donor milk to supplement our own modest milk supply? Trevor will share some of his own answers to these questions with grace and humour. His stories convey the intimate and sometimes surprising realities of the transgender parenting experience. 

Amanda Jetté Knox, award-winning journalist, writer and human rights advocate, will introduce Trevor MacDonald.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 2pm (EST) - Nature's Creation – A First Nations' Perspective - Leanne Echum ᓕᐃᓐ ᐃᒐᒻ  

Traditionally breastfeeding came naturally, for hundreds of years. Wet nursing and tandem nursing weren’t abnormal. The feeling of empowerment from matriarchs before us was a great gift. Join Leanne as she shares her mothering and breastfeeding journey supported by her community and family.

Hiltrud Dawson, BTech (neonatal nursing), RN, IBCLC with Best Start will introduce Leanne Echum.

Wednesday, October 7, 2pm (EST) - Managing Your Mental Health as a Gift to the Next Generation - Roxanne Francis

Although the world is beginning to wake up to the importance of mental wellness, many are still hesitant and stigma still exists. As a result, we are passing on unhealthy ideas to our children and untreated mental illness can become intergenerational. Understanding what to look for and addressing the signs will be a great gift to our children.

Denise Martin, La Leche League Leader, will introduce Roxanne Francis

For more information go to: https://www.lllc.ca/national-breastfeeding-week-2020

To encourage, promote and provide breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society