Breastfeeding at Work theme of annual challenge

Breastfeeding at Work, Let’s Make it Work” will be the theme of the 11th annual World Breastfeeding Challenge.

Breastfeeding at Work, Let’s Make it Work” will be the theme of the 11th annual World Breastfeeding Challenge.

The event, which is promoted by the Fraser Health Authority, will be held in Maple Ridge on Oct. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Library’s second floor atrium.

The 11 a.m. latch-on will be synchronized with the rest of the world.

That will be followed by a guest speaker, Kathie Lindstrom, who is the perinatal program manager at Douglas College.

And there will be an open mic session for mothers to share their experiences. Generally about 50 mothers attend.

For entertainment there will also be a baby/toddler storytime with librarian Jan Ausland, a baby race, door prizes, refreshments and an annual cake cutting ceremony.

There will be community partners who share information about their services, and this year that will include the Fluff for Families free cloth diaper lending library in the Fraser Valley.

The breastfeeding challenge started in B.C. in 2001 with 856 babies at 26 sites. In 2014 there were about 4,600 children in 10 countries, taking part in what is considered an important health strategy.