Next BCS Teleconference Meetings–
Nov 28, 2016 from 9 - 11am
January 23, 2017 from 9 - 11am
AGM - April 3, 2017 in Saskatoon
Strategic Planning-June 2017 in Regina
In the news...
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:
Reasons to Breastfeed
October 25th –
posted new "How you
can help - Action Factsheets"
Sept 16, 2013 –
Position Statement on Donor Human Milk Banking
WHO Code and the Ethical Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
Terms of Reference 2013
March 6, 2013 – International LC
Wright Celebrates 20 yrs as LC
February 11, 2013 –
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:
E-Learning Event April 26, 2012
Challenge 2011 - Oct. 1, 2011
Saskatchewan placed bronze!
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 from 8:30 am to noon
Marina Green (BCC BFI Assessor)
The Baby Friendly Initiative Ten Steps and The International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes
at West Winds Primary Health Centre (Saskatoon) >> Updated Event Poster
The Quintessence Challenge was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 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 www.babyfriendly.ca.
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: www.facebook.com/events/322289594788950/
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
and Learn about BFI
- 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
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,
- 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: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Baby_Friendly/Research/