Sharon Pearce and her 7-month-old daughter, Violet, took part in Fraser Health’s breastfeeding challenge in Langley on Sept. 29. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

VIDEO: Nearly 50 babies ‘latch-on’ in Langley

Fraser Health celebrates World Breastfeeding Week with breastfeeding challenge

The turnout was far better than expected.

On Friday morning, 48 moms and their young ones gathered at the Early Years Centre in Willoughby for Fraser Health’s annual breastfeeding challenge.

While last year’s event saw only nine participants, this year the room was packed, with many women having to find seats on the floor.

But no one was complaining.

The social event was full of smiling moms and their babies, who all participated in a group “latch-on” to help raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding.

“I think in communities it’s important to hold events like this because breastfeeding is something that is natural, but there are some people (who need support) around it in the beginning,” said Corinna Orobko, public health nurse supervisor with Fraser Health.

“It can be kind of hard sometimes and there might be some challenges. And so we want people to know that other people are breastfeeding, that there is support out there for breastfeeding, and that we can promote it and support it even when people have challenges around it.”

The event is held each year to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (Oct. 1-7). The Langley challenge is one of seven in the region being hosted by Fraser Health today and tomorrow.

“With our involvement as Fraser Health, we want to support all infant feeding choices,” Orobko said. “And … promoting the idea that human milk has everything your baby needs, and also the importance of human milk donation.”

For more info, visit www.fraserhealth.ca.



miranda@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Katerina Silva and her 17-week-old daughter, Elise, participated in Fraser Health’s breastfeeding challenge in Langley on Sept. 29. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Kathy Moore and 11-month-old daughter Bryn participated in Fraser Health’s breastfeeding challenge in Langley on Sept. 29. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Just Posted

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

VIDEO: Langley school trustees approve pay hikes

Proposal to adjust compensation every year based on inflation index rejected

Air cadets: Future career aviators in the making in Langley

A squadron review highlight accomplishments of several Langley cadets.

Police seek help in locating 25-year-old Abbotsford woman

Alexis Kasey Neill was last seen Sunday, June 10

Langley school district plans to keep a list of unvaccinated children

New policy doesn’t require vaccinations but tracks children who don’t get immunized

VIDEO: Aspiring Langley rancher plans to swap one saddle for another

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

Cultus Lake Park Board nixes controversial off-leash dog swim area

Board responds to vocal opposition and petition against the unfenced area at Main Beach

B.C.’s children are at risk, says child sex trafficking watchdog

Cathy Peters traverses the province trying to rid B.C. of child sex trafficking

Reports of explosion in Okanagan turn out to be squirrel vs. power line

The noise was described as ‘similar to a shotgun blast’ that shook the Earth

A look at what Canadian teams might do in the 1st round of the NHL draft

Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Edmonton in top 10 of upcoming draft

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

Western lowland gorilla, 46, died in her sleep in California

California court hears tales of shackled, starved children

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse of their 12 children

Trudeau in nothern B.C. to announce pledge to protect oceans

Prime minister announces conservation agreement with 14 First Nations

Marijuana seized from Lower Mainland dispensary: owner

Green Era owner questions timing of enforcement

Most Read