Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan

Upcoming Events...

Next BCS Teleconference Meetings

Jan 22, 2018 from 9 - 11am

AGM - April 16, 2018 in Regina
from 10am-4pm

Strategic Planning-June 11, 2018 in Saskatoon from 10am-4pm

In the news...

BCS Newsletter Winter 2017

September 26th - posted on BCS Website
My Breastfeeding Plan A Prenatal Planning and Communication Tool

Global Breastfeeding Challenge - Oct 1, 2016
>> Quintessence Foundation

Aug 1-7, 2016 - World Breastfeeding Week

March 1st 2017 - Happy IBCLC day

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute - Video: Great Reasons to Breastfeed

October 25th posted new "How you can help - Action Factsheets"

Sept 16, 2013 –
BCS Position Statement on Donor Human Milk Banking

The WHO Code and the Ethical Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes

BCS Terms of Reference 2013

March 6, 2013 – International LC Day
L. Wright Celebrates 20 yrs as LC

February 11, 2013 –
BCS Position Statement on BFI

WHO says West Winds is
baby friendly
- Jan. 17, 2012
West Winds Primary Health Centre Saskatoon has been accredited by
the World Health Organization and
UNICEF as baby friendly.

Continuing Nursing Education: Breastfeeding Education/Support
E-Learning Event April 26, 2012

Quintessence Breastfeeding
Challenge 2011
- Oct. 1, 2011
Saskatchewan placed bronze!

October 1 - 7, 2017

For more information >>

Last year, the Quintessence Challenge was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 - it is a global breastfeeding challenge. The goal of the challenge is to have the largest number of mother’s breastfeeding simultaneously in a set geographical area, province, territory, state or country, as a percentage of the birth rate. Please check all the areas that are hosting a challenge! For more information about the challenge or the Quintessence Foundation, please go to

Quintessence Challenge 2015, Yorkton Gallagher Center

Quintessence Challenge Yorkton
Yorkton Gallagher Center & Grayson Room, St. Peter’s Hospital, Meliville
10:30- register; 11 am Latch on ;Refreshments available; More information- 306-786-0625
-- Submitted by, Heidi Russell, IBCLC

Quintessence Challenge Regina - Poster
10:30 am at Cornwall Centre in front of the Bay
Find our event page here:

What is BFI?

  • Understand what the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) means internationally, nationally and in Saskatchewan
  • Become familiar with the revised Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding, Self Assessment Questionnaire and Practice Outcome Indicators
  • Become aware of the medical reasons to supplement
  • Understand the application of Baby Friendly principles into practice

>> View Slideshow and Learn about BFI

Research shows:

  • A moderate increase in breastfeeding rates shown to have a protective effect revealed potential annual savings to the NHS from of about £40 million per year. True cost savings are likely to be much higher from breastfeeding’s protective effects on a mere handful of illnesses.
  • Investment in effective services to increase and sustain breastfeeding rates is likely to provide a return within a few years, possibly as little as one year.
  • Research into the extent of the burden of disease associated with breastfeeding rates is hampered by data collection methods. This can be addressed by investment in good quality research.

    New UNICEF UK report reveals breastfeeding could save the NHS millions

    A major new piece of research, released today and commissioned by UNICEF UK, reveals that low breastfeeding rates in the UK are costing the NHS millions of pounds.

    The report, Preventing disease and saving resources: the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK, takes an in-depth look at how raising breastfeeding rates would save money through reducing illness.

    Calculations from a mere handful of illnesses, where the evidence is strongest, show that moderate increases in breastfeeding could see potential annual savings to the NHS of millions of pounds per year. However, this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg when the full range of conditions affected by breastfeeding are taken into account.

    The report has been produced over the last two years by a multi-university academic team including Dundee University, Oxford University, University of York, Brunel University, and St George’s, University of London, as well as the National Childbirth Trust.
    The report findings show:

    • For just five illnesses (breast cancer in the mother, and gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, middle ear infections and necrotising enterecolitis (NEC) in the baby), moderate increases in breastfeeding would translate into cost savings for the NHS of £40 million and tens of thousands fewer hospital admissions and GP consultations.
    • Narrative analyses on three conditions - cognitive ability, childhood obesity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – indicate that modest improvements in breastfeeding rates would have significant impacts on these outcomes worth millions of pounds and, in the case of SIDS, saving lives.
    • A further set of eight outcomes, including, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ovarian cancer and asthma, had a plausible link between breastfeeding and reduced incidence, but stronger evidence is needed. The authors suggest these could form an agenda for further research.

Policy document available at:

Full report retrieved from:

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