The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada is the National Authority for the Baby-Friendly Initiative

Annual Report



Membership
  • 2016 Annual General Meeting:

    Thursday, April 28th
    4:30pm – 5:30 pm (EST)
    Place: Teleconference
  • BFI Assessment fees to change: Oct 1, 2015
    The BCC is very pleased to see the progress of BFI across Canada. In order to meet the demands for assessments, increased operational requirements, and administrative functionality of the BCC, the fees for assessments will change. Effective Oct 1, 2015, the following fee structure (for new contracts) will apply:
    Pre-Assessment $1,750.00
    External Assessment $6,000.00
    Designated facilities $250.00 annually
    Note: For Facilities who have entered into a contract prior to Oct 1, 2015, the fees will not change.
  • NEW! Breastfeeding promotion resource
    It is with great pleasure that the Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, release Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: A Practical Workbook for Community-Based Programs (2nd Ed). This resource aims to provide practical, best practice strategies to promote breastfeeding within a community setting, with a special focus on supporting vulnerable populations. The vision is to create environments where breastfeeding is the easiest choice for all women and their children.
    Please share widely with others!

  • Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants - Recommendations from Six to 24 Months
    released April 25, 2014

    See this newly revised joint statement by Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society,
    The Dietitians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada

  • Newly revised!

    Click here to read the updated 'BFI Assessment Process and Costs: a
    description of the Baby-Friendly Journey'
  • Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants - Recommendations from Birth to Six Months

    See the newly revised joint statement of Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (here). The importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative for hospitals and community health services are highlighted! Sincere thanks to all of you who provided very valuable input through both stakeholder consultations.

  • We are delighted that Michelle LeDrew, Director, Women’s and Newborn Health Program at the IWK Health Centre, NS has accepted to represent the BCC on the oversight committee for the revision of the Public Health Agency of Canada publication "Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care National Guidelines". Thank-you Michelle!

  • World Breastfeeding Week, promoted by an the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA),is celebrated internationally. Each year a theme highlights a specific theme and allows for an international show of support as moms celebrate in various activities. This year, Canada celebrates WBW from October 1 - 7, 2014. The slogan and theme for WBW 2014 is:BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life! 


  • In Canada, the Quintessence Foundation organizes a yearly breastfeeding challenge. . It raises awareness of the need for breastfeeding and promotion, protection and support in the community. The breastfeeding challenge encourages social support and recognizes mothers who attend.


  • The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, provides the theme, ideas and other resources for World Breastfeeding Week. 


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