Nova Scotian families will have more resources on breastfeeding at their local libraries after a book launch Saturday, Oct. 4, during World Breastfeeding Week.
The collection will be unveiled at 10 a.m., at the Windsor Regional Library.
The collection, with titles like Breastfeeding Made Easy and Mama’s Milk, is courtesy of an investment from the Thrive! program. Thrive! A Plan for a Healthier Nova Scotia is a provincial initiative developed to support a healthier Nova Scotia.
La Leche League Canada of Windsor applied for, and received, a $5,000 grant to purchase breastfeeding resources.
“One of the actions in Thrive! is to encourage and support breastfeeding because breast milk is the normal and healthiest way to feed babies,” said Betty Ann Robinson, co-ordinator of the Baby-Friendly Initiative at the Department of Health and Wellness.
A partnership between Nova Scotia’s La Leche League Canada Groups and Nova Scotia Provincial Library will make breastfeeding and parenting books, ebooks, DVDs and other resources widely available throughout the province.
“Access to reliable and consistent information about breastfeeding can be a challenge for many new mothers,” said Jennifer Evans, provincial librarian and director, Nova Scotia Provincial Library. “This collection features a wide range of topics and is free and available to mothers, families, health-care professionals at all Nova Scotia public libraries.”
The resources will be available within each regional library’s collection. Families who do not have direct access to a library will be able to borrow resources through outreach services like Books by Mail, mobile libraries and ebook services.