About

The Public Health Department of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is an organization that does planning, programming and research to support the Cree people towards well-being.

Cree Breastfeeding  is run by the Public Health Department of the CBHSSJB and  provides current information about breastfeeding and related issues through evidence based research and the practical experience of families. We address the relationships of the mother, child and family as related to healthy infant/child rearing practices.

Our goal is to offer a resource where families can find answers to their breastfeeding questions, read about issues that affect Cree women, and find solutions that fit their families and respect traditional culture. By ensuring that mothers have up-to-date research and information, the whole family system is empowered. Breastfeeding is more than food, it is part of building a solid mother/child relationship; it nourishes, protects, comforts, teaches and guides children. Conception, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are part of the life circle, and we respect that they are tied together intimately. Breastfeeding touches not only the physical health of the mother and baby, but also contributes to mental, emotional and spiritual health of the whole family.

As well, breastfeeding is more than a parenting issue, it is also a public health issue. Breastfeeding offers a significant reduction in the risk of obesity and diabetes for mothers and babies. Also, breastfeeding, as the normal way to feed babies, offers protection against respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses for babies. Breastfeeding is food security and ensures that the most vulnerable population is safely fed. It is a safe and effective way to ensure optimal health for mothers and babies.

Cree Breastfeeding welcomes information about resources and information for the whole community: mothers, family members & health care providers. We welcome photos, links, article submissions, and posts from individuals or groups who share similar goals.  Please contact us for more information.

The blog was started by Dany L. Gauther, IBCLC who held the position from 2008 to 2015.

 

About the header picture

Liam is the child of Hazel Pelletier, daughter of Jeannie Pelletier , the current Awash Coordinator at the Chisasibi clinic.

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