Some of you may have noticed that the Creebreastfeeding.com blog has a few changes. We are coming to the end of a calendar year, and with that we are also celebrating new beginnings for the blog.
The blog has changed hands. Dany Gauthier was responsible for starting the blog and keeping it active from 2008 to 2015. She has moved to a new position with the Department of Program Development and Support of the CHB.
I am the new Planning, Programming and Research Officer responsible for breastfeeding. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and how I came to hold this position. My name is Kimberley MacKenzie and I am the mother of 3 adult children, all of whom I breastfed. When they were small, I was a volunteer support mother with La Leche League Canada and also worked in the Accreditation Department to train other volunteers. As my children grew, I wanted to learn more about the scientific and technical side of breastfeeding in order to better help mothers and babies. I joined a Lactation Consultant course and studied with my mentors in the field of lactation. I became certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2008 and have been working clinically ever since. Because breastfeeding is part of a continuum of conception, pregnancy, birth and child rearing, I decided to work supporting women in pregnancy and labor in different hospitals in the Montreal area. I also worked as an aide to midwives at the Pointe-Claire Lac St. Louis birthing centre. This gave me a unique opportunity to perfect my skills with newborns, to teach prenatal classes to expecting parents and to provide continuing education in terms of training to the midwives. My aim for this blog is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Eeyou Itschee, by sharing evidence-based, culturally appropriate, information as well as stories shared by the community. I plan to include topics that will interest mothers, family members and health care providers. Since it takes a village to raise a child, I welcome photos, links, article submissions from individuals or groups who share similar goals. Please contact me if you would like to submit something or have a topic you would like to see covered.
Meegwetch, Thank You, Merci