Happy Healthy Halloween & Harvest Season

Image by Ashlee Dawn Photography found [here].

For many parents who are aware of all the chemicals and artificial ingredients lurking in Halloween candy this can be a precarious time of year. Likely you love the harvest time, the beautiful leaves, the pumpkins, the fun decorations and how darn cute your kid looks in their costume – but you are dreading all the junk they will be given. Many of us are also concerned about the type of candy we want to give out to other children in our neighbourhoods.

We have been speaking to lots of natural mommies and they have come up with some great ideas for a healthier Halloween for everyone, which we (of course) wanted to share with you. Continue reading

CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop – October 25, 2012

Introducing CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop on October 25, 2012 in Ottawa Ontario, presented by Postpartum Support international (PSI) titled Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care. Speaker Birdie Gunyon Meyer, is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling.  She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the immediate Past-President of Postpartum Support International and Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Council. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Continue reading

World Breastfeeding Week 2012

Today begins World Breastfeeding Week 2012. WBW is celebrated every year from August 1st-7th in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Canada also has a National Breastfeeding Week in October.

The first World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign had the theme: “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative” which began 20 years ago by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding. As seen on the WBW website, found [here], they are currently looking to the future to see what more can be done to support women to feed and care for of their children.

The most well-known support network for breastfeeding women is La Leche League. They are an international nonprofit organization that promotes breastfeeding and connects mothers in order to offer mother-to-mother support. La Leche is global and available in most countries. If you would like nursing support, try talking to your local La Leche League or midwifery office.

The WBW 2012 Objectives are:

  1. To recall what has happened in the past 20 years on infant and young child feeding (IYCF).
  2. To celebrate successes and achievements nationally, regionally and globally and showcase national work at global level.
  3. To assess the status of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GS).
  4. To call for action to bridge the remaining gaps in policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF.
  5. To draw public attention on the state of policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYC

What is the Global Strategy?

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly developed and launched the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GS) in 2002 reaffirming the four Innocenti targets set in 1995, and setting additional targets. The GS has identified a clear need for optimal infant feeding practices in reducing malnutrition as well as poverty. It is based on a human rights approach and calls for the development of comprehensive national policies on infant and young child feeding. It provides guidance on how to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for first six months, and continued breastfeeding for two years or beyond together with adequate, appropriate and indigenous complementary feeding starting from the age of six months.”

What to be a part of this imitative? You can make a pledge to them [here] and you can also spread the word!