September 28, 2016
Midland, Ontario – September 28, 2016 – Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre announced today that starting on October 5, Midland and area mothers and babies will now benefit from additional breastfeeding support. The new drop-in breastfeeding peer support group called Mama Tribe, mamas nurturing mamas who nourish children, will be offered to mothers who are looking for caring, non-judgmental, mother-to-mother support and educational opportunities. Led by trained peer leaders who support, protect and promote breastfeeding, the group will host special guests including a public health nurse, lactation consultant, nurse practitioner, postpartum mood disorder specialist and many others.
“There is a huge need for breastfeeding support in our community and we are so pleased to be starting this peer support group,” says Mona Loones, RN, IBC Lactation Consultant, CSC Chigamik CHC. “There are a lot of misconceptions, lack of education and unmet expectations around breastfeeding. We want to empower women with the tools and knowledge they need to successfully breastfeed and to offer a place that feels safe and nurturing,” she says.
The launch of the new support group will be happening on October 5 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm, in celebration of Canadian Breastfeeding week, happening from October 3-9. Pregnant women, new moms and their babies will have the opportunity to meet other moms in the area, speak with trained peer leaders and go home with some free giveaways!
The new breastfeeding peer support group, Mamma Tribe, is free and will be held every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:00 pm at CSC CHIGAMIK CHC. Whether you choose to bottle or breastfeed, all are welcome to drop by.
The CSC CHIGAMIK CHC drop-in breastfeeding clinic is still available to the public every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CSC Chigamik CHC. No registration is required for either group.
For more information please visit www.chigamik.ca or contact Mona Loones, RN IBCLC at 705.527.4154 x254.
About CSC CHIGAMIK CHC
Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit health care service funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. It offers bilingual and culturally sensitive care. It encourages persons who identify as First Nations, Francophone, Inuit, Métis or Aboriginal and live in North Simcoe Muskoka to register. For more information please visit www.chigamik.ca.