Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“Breastfeeding is a natural ‘safety net’ against the worst effects of poverty … Exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way toward cancelling out the health difference between being born into poverty and being born into affluence … It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those first few months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustice of the world into which it was born.”

James P. Grant, Executive Director of UNICEF (1980-1995)

The BCC provides national guidance and collaborative leadership for the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) in Canada (except for the province of Quebec). We are committed to the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding to improve health outcomes for all families. Our position statement on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion responds to:

  • Ongoing effects of colonialism for Indigenous, Black, and Asian people, as well as other people of colour who face racism, discrimination, and oppression
  • Requests from provincial and territorial health organizations, seeking BCC leadership about how to address racial disparities in breastfeeding
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Call to Action #22: