Monthly Archives: September 2016

Breastfeeding Week in Canada October 1-7

Breastfeeding Week in Canada is celebrated during the week of October 1 to October 7 to bring awareness to the importance of breastfeeding. On Friday, September 30, Public Health Nurse Janice Jardine and Public Health Dietitian Chanelle Melanson will be speaking with local businesses in Blackville in regards to their Breastfeed Anywhere button campaign. Staff from local businesses, restaurants and municipalities are encouraged to wear a Breastfeed Anywhere Button during breastfeeding week in order to show support to breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding Week in Canada

By: Chanelle Melanson, Public Health Dietitian
Member of the Regional BFI Committee in Miramichi.

breastfeedingBreastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby. Mothers produce breast milk that is unique and made specifically for their own baby. It provides all the nutrition that they need to grow and develop adequately. Research clearly indicates that breastfeeding provides many health benefits for babies and their mothers.

The Canadian Pediatric Society, Health Canada and the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued for up to two years or longer, along with age appropriate foods.

Breastfeeding week is celebrated in Canada from October 1st to October 7th. This year’s theme “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development” highlights the role that breastfeeding has when it comes to achieving the sustainable development goals, like ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity.

How does breastfeeding help achieve the sustainable development goals?
It is a low-cost, non-polluting way to feed children. Therefore, it contributes to poverty reduction and protection of our planet. Also, breast milk contains high quality nutrients that fulfill the nutritional needs of infants which help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity.

In Miramichi, the Regional Breastfeeding Committee, composed of community representatives, is organizing a few activities to celebrate Breastfeeding week.

  • Quintessence Challenge: Oct. 1st at 10h30 am at Sobeys Douglastown.
    Challenge to see which city/province has the most breastfed babies in one spot at the same time. Come and join us! Prizes to be won.
  • Radio spots about breastfeeding.
  • Life size breastfeeding cut-outs will be placed in the community.
  • Displays with information on breastfeeding will be found in the hospital foyer and at the Chatham Town Centre.
  • Breastfeed Anywhere button campaign: Staff from local businesses, restaurants and municipalities are encouraged to wear a Breastfeed Anywhere Button during breastfeeding week in order to show support to breastfeeding mothers. Buttons are available at Public Health.

Our community also provides a weekly Drop-In for breastfeeding mothers every Wednesday afternoon from 1h30 to 4h00pm at the Sobeys Douglastown community room. The Drop-in is available all year long! It is an opportunity for mothers to get together and meet other breastfeeding moms, chat about their experiences, have their baby weighed and see a lactation consultant as well as a dietitian, who always provides healthy snacks. Feel free to drop by on a Wednesday and come chat with us. Everybody is welcome.

During breastfeeding week, take the opportunity to learn more about breastfeeding and the effects it has on our children’s health. Your support and acceptance for breastfeeding families is very important to help give a child the best start possible in life.

Fresh4Less Program Coming to Blackville this Fall

A new initiative aimed at better connecting Miramichiers with healthy food options will start in Blackville in October. The Fresh4Less program, which will be selling bags of fresh produce at a discount, is being launched in recognition of the fact that, for many Miramichi families, having consistent access to healthy food is something that can… Continue Reading

Blackville Park Pavilion Available for Private Events

The Blackville Municipal Park boasts a twenty-eight hundred square foot pavilion/canopy that is available for public use. The steel structure, completed in the summer of 2015, is centrally located in the village and overlooks the beautiful Main Southwest Miramichi River. The shelter is the perfect outdoor setting for: birthday parties weddings family reunions graduation celebrations… Continue Reading

Summer Concert Raises $300 for Blackville Food Bank

On Tuesday, August 16, local musician Wade Hallihan performed live at 99.3 The River’s Summer Deck Series.  Proceeds from that show were donated to the Greater Blackville Resource Centre’s food bank.  Funds raised totaled $297. Joy Underhill was in attendance and accepted the donations on behalf of the GBRC, “Thank you to Wade Hallihan and… Continue Reading

Blackville Girl Guides Begin New Year on Monday

Blackville Sparks, Brownies, Guides & Pathfinders will have their first night of their new year on Monday, September 12 at 6:00pm at Holy Trinity. There will be fun activities for the girls, and parents will fill out health forms and will be given information. Registration this year has to be completed online at If you… Continue Reading

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