Stats Canada Releases 2011/2012 breastfeeding numbers by Brittney Kirton


Posted on January 14, 2014


Stats Canada

Stats Canada Releases 2011/2012 breastfeeding numbers

Last month, Statistics Canada released their data in regards to breastfeeding numbers in 2011/2012. Below are some interesting points. Click the link below for full document.

“Almost 9 in 10 Canadian mothers initiated breastfeeding soon after their child’s birth in 2011/2012. Health Canada and its partners encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants exclusively (no other liquids or solids) for the first six months. In 2011/2012, 26% of mothers breastfed exclusively for six months (or more), up from 17% in 2003.”

“British Columbia had the highest rate of breastfeeding exclusively for six months (or more), as well as the largest provincial increase since 2003. In 2011/2012, mothers who breastfed exclusively for six months (or more) tended to be in their thirties or older and had postsecondary qualifications. The most common reasons cited for stopping breastfeeding before six months were “not enough breast milk” and “difficulty with breastfeeding technique.”

As an IBCLC I’m saddened that most women stopped due to supply or technique.

Some more interesting numbers are:

In 2011-2012, there was a 89% initiation rate across Canada which is up from 85% in 2003 Exclusive breastfeeding at 4 months in 2011-2012 was 51% up from 42% in 2003 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding was highest in BC at 41% in 2011-2012 – up from 28% in 2003. Quebec had the lowest initiation breastfeeding rate at 19% in 2011-2012 was only 10% in 2003

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/…/2013001/article/11879-eng.pdf


About Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN

About Life Stages Feeding

I had two passions growing up: health and wellness, and working with children. In 2007, I started studies at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. CSNN helped me develop a wide base knowledge on many dietary issues though my interest and experience lies in working with pre and post natal clients, infant and childhood nutrition, and those suffering from allergic, inflammatory, and digestive conditions.

While I enjoyed clinical practice as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I missed working closely with children, especially infants. In 2008 I was introduced to a Postpartum Doula and was intrigued by the support they offered and knew I wanted to combine practices. In order to support new mothers further, I enrolled in The Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Practitioners offered at Douglas College. This program inspired me to take her studies in Breastfeeding further. Six months later, I relocated to the United States to attend the University of California San Diego Lactation Consultant Program. I completed my studies and received the designation of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2011.

I strive to provide my clients with current, fact-based feeding and nutrition advice for each and every Life Stage.

Brittney Kirton IBCLC, RHN

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Lactation Consultant

What is a Lactation Consultant?
TThe International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care.

IBCLCs have passed a rigorous examination that demonstrates the ability to provide knowledgeable, comprehensive lactation and breastfeeding care. Attainment of the IBCLC credential signifies that the practitioner has demonstrated knowledge to:

  • Work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
  • Encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
  • Educate families, health professionals and policy makers about the far-reaching and long-lasting value of breastfeeding as a global public health imperative.

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

What can an IBCLC help with:

  • Assistance with breastfeeding positions and latch techniques
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Infant feeding and supplementation plans
  • Management of breast and nipple issues (nipple pain, engorgement, plugged ducts, mastitis)
  • Strategies for increasing and decreasing milk production
  • Strategies for weaning and introduction to solids foods
  • Strategies for returning to work (pumping, feeding schedules, introducing bottles)
  • Nutrition advice for breastfeeding mothers
  • Inducting lactation and relactation
  • Assistance transitioning infant from bottle to breast
  • And much more

Pricing:
Home Consultation - Initial Visit (90 minutes) - $130.00
Subsequent Visits (60 minutes) - $80.00

Registred Holistic Nutritionist

A Holistic Nutritionist is someone who uses food as a means for preventing disease and working to reduce the symptoms of disease by ensuring the body is receiving enough nutrients in order to heal itself. Holistic Nutrition bases itself around the principles of allowing food be your medicine. This is achieved through a diet rich in natural whole foods, supplementation, and lifestyle changes.

Services:

  • Group Health Seminars
  • Grocery Store Tours
  • Lifestyle Assessments
  • Meal Plans
  • Nurti-System Profiles
  • Nutritional Consulting
  • Cooking Instruction

Pricing:
Initial Clinic Consultation Package
This includes 2 separate consultations: (first visit 45 minutes) (second visit 30 minutes) The first visit includes assessment and information gathering to put together diets, meal plans, etc.
The second visit is to provide the client with this information 2 weeks of email / telephone support is also included $150.00
Nutrition Consultations (no meal plans) and Subsequent Consultations (45 minutes) $75.00

Holistic Nutritional Consulting is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. If you believe you may have a health condition, see a medical or naturopathic doctor.

Postpartum Doula

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.

www.dona.org

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Placentophagy and Placenta Encapsulation

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Placentophagy is the act of mammals eating the placenta of their young after birth.

Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing placenta into capsules for ingestion.

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