• Breastfeeding Week Brunch. Location to be determined.
  • The Picture, Drawing and Poetry Contest results will be announced. Location to be determined.


  • Radio announcement on the Breastfeeding Week 2013 activities in the morning.
  • Luncheon in the clinic’s conference room.
  • From 1 to 4 pm a Picture Contest and Scrapbooking Activity will be held in the clinic’s conference room.
  • Prizes.


  • From 11 to 12 am, a local radio show will air testimonies of mothers  and fathers about their experiences with breastfeeding.


  •  Brunch at 10 am with a Bingo on Facts about Breastfeeding.
  •  From 1h30 to 4 pm, a Baby  Blanket Making Workshop will be held at the Cultural Village, with some breastfeeding stories sharing.


  •  Luncheon  at the Shaptuan and sharing of breastfeeding stories and experiences.


  • At 7 pm, a Sharing Circle will be held at the CMC.
  • Sharing breastfeeding stories, games and activities.
  • Snacks will be served.


  •  Information booth on breastfeeding benefits at the 1) highschool at AM and PM recesses and 2) commercial center in PM.


  • Radio announcement on the Breastfeeding Week 2013 activities in the morning.
  • Luncheon in the clinic’s conference room at noon.
  • Baby Moccasin Making Workshop with Hattie Mark
  • Viewing of breastfeeding DVDs in the clinic’s conference room.
  • Light snack and door prizes.


  • At 9h30 am and at 1h30 pm at the clinic: Information booth on breastfeeding with the nutritionist and the CHR.
  • Refreshments will be served.


  • Breastfeeding  Activities at Brighter Futures in AM
  • Baby Blanket Sewing Workshop at the Cultural Village and sharing with a breastfeeding mother.


  • From 1  to 4 pm at Headstart: Breastfeeding Activities.


  • 7 to 8 pm Radio Show on Breastfeeding with a Questions and Answers Call Inn period – Guest speaker will be Laurie Ann Georgekish

Hope you enjoy your day!!!!

• Sharing circle at the Nudiwashau daycare from 2 to 5 pm: An Elder will share breastfeeding experiences.

• Radio announcement on the Breastfeeding Week 2013 activities in the morning. Luncheon in the clinic’s conference room at noon.
• Sharing circle with special guest Minnie Wapachee in the conference room at the clinic: Sharing breastfeeding stories and baby clothes.
• Light snack and door prizes.

• Local Radio Show from 11 to 12 pm: the guest speaker will be Joanie Flibotte, nutritionist
• Prizes for those who answer breastfeeding questions correctly.
• From 1h30 to 3h30 at the Daycare: Group discussion on Breastfeeding and Bonding with guest speaker Cindy Cavanagh, psychoeducator.
• Refreshments will be served.
• From 4 to 6 pm, at the Daycare: there will be a breastfeeding information booth.

• In AM, at the Well Baby Clinic: Baby Food Making and Fish Broth Making workshop with Anna Grant.
• In PM, Baby Blanket Sewing workshop at the Cultural Village and discussion with a breastfeeding mother.

I hope you get to enjoy the Breastfeeding Week 2013 activities!  🙂



• Radio show on breastfeeding with announcement of the Breastfeeding Week’s activities.
• Breastfeeding Picture, Drawing and Poetry Contest all week = Entries to be submitted before Friday November 15, 11 am. Bring your work to a CHR
at Community Health or to the nutritionist Jani Cheseaux.


• Radio announcement on the Breastfeeding Week 2013 activities in the morning.
• Baby Massage Workshop at the Daycare from 1 to 4 pm.


• Breastfeeding movies viewed in the CMC’s waiting room in the morning.
• Arts and Crafts at the mini mall with information booth: Come meet Elders.
• Refreshments will be served.


• Radio Show with the nurse; a cree translation will be provided.
• “Making Baby Blankets” sewing activity from 1 to 4 pm at the Cultural Village: breastfeeding discussion with a breastfeeding mother


• 1h30 to 4h30 pm at HeadStart: will give an informal presentation on “The tradition of breastfeeding”.


• Starting at 9 am and happening all day at the Well Baby Clinic: Baby Food Making Workshop

I will be attending the Mistissini activities tomorrow. I hope to have some pictures and nice stories to share with you!

Every year, a different theme is chosen for the Breastfeeding Week, and there is always material created by WHO and WABA on that specific theme. While we are not obligated to choose that theme for our regional and local activities, this year the theme is “Breastfeeding Support”.

Here are some posters on different types of support for the breastfeeding mother made by WHO:

WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) also creates a lot of Breastfeeding Week material. On this site, you will find posters, a calendar, an action folder, banners, etc.:

PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) also has some material and a very nice poster on the importance of breastfeeding:

Have a nice Breastfeeding Week everyone!

November 9 to 15 is the official Breastfeeding Week for our nine Eeyou Itschee communities. Many activities will be organized throughout the week.

For the first time, Creebreastfeeding will do a small tour of three communities to witness the wonderful spirit of the world of Breastfeeding Week.

Every day, Creebreastfeeding will post the activities taking place in the communities. When Creebreastfeeding returns from its visits, pictures and a summary of the activities that took place in the village will be posted on the Blog.

Have a good Breastfeeding Week Eeyou Itschee!

Introducing solids too early is associated with higher risk of obesity, as well as allergies and diabetes! It is now recommended that we introduce babies to solids at 6 months, but cultural ways and habits are hard to change; many mothers still introduce solid foods at 4 months or earlier. A few days before or after 6 months is not detrimental, but the baby’s development is not ready before that.

When babies receive solids at 6 months, the order in which you introduce solids is not important. You do not have to follow the cereal, vegetables, fruits and meat pattern anymore. Simply introduce iron-rich foods first!

All through the first six months, the baby’s blood stays rich in iron because of his own stores (obtained during pregnancy) supported by the bioavailability of the iron in breastmilk. Breastmilk contains a small quantity of iron but it is extremely well absorbed (49% of the iron in breastmilk is actually absorbed by the baby, as opposed to only 4% of the iron from iron-enriched baby artificial milk). When a baby is exclusively breastfed, we do not worry about the iron in his blood until around 6 months of age, as it takes about that long for his body’s iron stores to start to decrease. Introducing other food before the 6 month mark will also reduce the iron received from breastmilk, because it will stop the iron from being well absorbed.

The first foods given to a baby should vary according to one’s culture, but we need to consider iron-rich ones, such as meats and iron-fortified whole-grain cereals (baby cereals, cream of wheat, iron-rich instant oatmeal). Certain vegetables (like spinach) are a little higher in iron than other vegetables, but vegetable iron can never be compared to the iron in meats. Fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C can increase the absorption of the iron if eaten with the iron-rich food.

In Eeyou Itschee, some great sources of iron and the best first foods to introduce to our babies, are (in order of highest iron content): boiled seal, simmered bear, goose, duct, ptarmigan, caribou, moose, beaver, rabbit and meat broths!

And now, to start the day with a smile, here is a video showing you what happens when babies are introduced to lemons for the first time…Have a great day everyone!

Posted by: Admin | August 13, 2013

Let’s learn how to breastfeed by rapping!!!

The first week of August is the World Breastfeeding Week. This is not when  we celebrate Breastfeeding Week in Canada and Eeyou Itschee, but it is when the rest of the world celebrates. Activities involve health-related promotional campaigns that are meant to draw attention to a health issue and to encourage the population to adopt a healthier lifestyle. In this case, the promotional campaign hopes to increase the breastfeeding rates.

World Breastfeeding Week is the reason the media has been full of articles, stories and cute cartoons about breastfeeding. In 24 years of Breastfeeding Weeks, I have seen more than my share of Breastfeeding Week promotional activities. This video is the best I have ever seen. First, it’s very entertaining. It is also funny, cute and funky, all the while succeeding in being educational! This is a breastfeeding promotional campaign at its best!

Recently, a study showed that the more you talk to your child, the more he could succeed in school. The results came as a surprise to the researchers. They knew talking to children helped them, but they were looking more into what was said and not at how much was said. The results showed them that it was not only the positive or negative words or the amount of teaching or preaching that helped school performance, but the amount of talking time as a whole. As a result of this study, some health services are hiring and training home visitors into a new program: Creating Family Conversation.

This study also pointed out a strong disparity: children from families on welfare heard a total of 600 words per hour, while others from professional families heard 2 100 words. Also children who heard more words before the age of 3 had higher IQs and did better in school. Words heard from the TV did not help. On the contrary, it was harmful. It was also shown that parents talked more to girls than to boys. This could be one of the reasons why boys are not as successful in school.

If the results of this study can be applied to the population as a whole and if a child’s doing well in school is linked to how much his parents talk to him, the difference seen between children from a family with a lower income and the ones with a higher one could easily be overcome by teaching and giving support to parents through family conversation and family literacy programs. In Eeyou Itschee, the Shaptuan Adult Education Services of the Cree School Board is preparing a Family Literacy Project for Cree families; it should be available in the fall.

Here is the link to the article:

Posted by: Admin | May 29, 2013

Part 1 -The power of words on your little one

In the Cree culture, silence is a good thing. Behavior and body language are considered telling of a person’s character. Silences are looked upon as good for a person’s spirit and myupmatsiuyuun. I feel very comfortable amongst my Cree friends. I feel in tune with the Cree ways, sometimes more than I do with my own culture. Like Crees, I learn from observation and I get my well-being from the positive energy of nature through the trees, rivers and lakes.

I come from a family comfortable with silence: words were scarce and idle talk was not welcome. In fact, I was told to think well before I talked. My father prized an intelligent daughter and what came out of my mouth needed to be thought through carefully before being said. It is difficult to change what we are at our most fundamental core, but I knew I needed to make some changes in myself when I had a child. I found breastfeeding helped me bond with my new baby but l also felt the need to teach her everything I knew about this world she was born into. Language became an important tool, a platform on which I could lay down the first stones to my baby’s growth.

Through reading, I found out there are critical learning periods in a baby’s life. The baby’s brain grows at a preprogrammed pace and needs to be exposed to a stimulus at exactly the right period to have this specific sense or ability developed at its best. For example, the sucking reflex is at its fullest in the first 2 hours right after birth so official recommendations ask for a baby to be placed on his mother’s chest immediately following birth to allow him to breastfeed right away. Another example is that language is best learned between the ages of 6 months and 2-3 years old. It is even possible that a child who learns 2 or more languages during that period will be able to speak those languages without any accent later on in his adult life. He can learn other languages when he is older, but will never speak them as well. Same goes for binocular (using two eyes) vision, which develops between birth and 1-2 years old and emotional control between 6 months and 2-3 years old; social skills are more easily learned later, between 3 to 5 years old.

So I started talking to my child. I talked more than I ever did before. My baby followed me everywhere I went. I first made sure she was safe and comfortable and then, went on to explain everything I did: I talked all through my shower, I explained recipes and showed her all the ingredients while describing them one by one, I explained what I was looking at or reading, etc. …by nighttime, I was all talked out! Talking to my baby became a habit that was never lost. I still talk to her a lot now that she is 8 years old even though we both really enjoy daily periods of silence and I do encourage her to learn through observation, the Cree way.

Talking to your child will stimulate overall development and strengthened the bond between the two of you. Your baby will thrive while hearing the sound of your voice and the noises of your life.

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