Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan



The BCS is committed to improving breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in the province.

The BCS focuses its efforts on Provincial Coordination, Health Region Support, and Community Capacity Building and Support.

The BCS provides technical expertise and works from the grass-roots level.


Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan Executive:

Chair: Shannon Skinner

Past Chair: Gwen Frank

Secretary: Hanna Hanowski

Treasurer: Heidi Russell

Administrator: Shannon Wright

About the BCS

The Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan, Inc. (BCS) is a network of health professionals that represent many different organizational groups and consumers that work to protect, promote and support breastfeeding within Saskatchewan as the optimal method of infant feeding.

Breastfeeding...
Stepping into the Baby Friendly Initiative
in Saskatchewan

 

SUPPORT
"Breastfeeding women are assisted in overcoming barriers"

Breastfeeding in Saskatchewan - Stepping into the Baby Friendly Initiative

PROMOTION
"Women are encouraged to Breastfeed"

 

PROTECTION
"Institutional policies, Societal policies, Programs and Activities"

In 2001 the Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan identified the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly TM Initiative as a primary strategy for the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. As such, it has focused its primary goal and annual/5-year strategic plans on implementing the Baby-FriendlyTM Initiative in provincial health facilities (hospitals and public health). >> pdf READ MORE


The BCS was formed in 1994 and became a non-profit organization in 2002.

The Breastfeeding Committee for Saskatchewan provides a provincial framework that works to establish breastfeeding as the cultural norm for infant feeding within Saskatchewan.

Vision: To provide a provincial framework that promotes breastfeeding as the cultural norm for infant feeding within Saskatchewan.

Mission: To protect, promote and support breastfeeding within Saskatchewan as the normal method of infant feeding.

Goal: From 2013-2018, the BCS will focus on promoting the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) as the evidenced informed best practice standards for improving food security and health for families in Saskatchewan

Functions:

  1. Provide support to local and provincial groups for implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative.
  2. Provide ongoing expert advice and recommendations on breastfeeding and implementing the Baby-Friendly Initiative, to governments and organizations for research, policy and program development, and direction.
  3. Facilitate and support collaborative networks to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Saskatchewan (ie. Public Health Nutritionists Working Group, Breastfeeding Committee of Canada, local breastfeeding committees).
  4. Provide a forum for sharing information and facilitating the sharing of evidenced-based breastfeeding research to the group.
  5. Develop resources to support breastfeeding as a cultural norm for infant feeding in Saskatchewan.
  6. Develop/revise the strategic plan and develop a yearly action plan at the annual strategic planning meeting.

    >> Read More: BCS Terms of Reference 2013

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