The Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support Group was created to provide a safe place for women to share their breastfeeding experiences. Research has shown that when women are given the opportunity to call on their own past experiences to help others with breastfeeding, their own confidence in breastfeeding improves. Women who are more confident in their own breastfeeding abilities will go on to breastfeed for longer. Lynette Beard, RN, IBCLC, and founder of the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support Group Facebook page is a firm believer in building womens’ breastfeeding self-efficacy. The owner of Lynette Beard Breastfeeding Support Service has been helping women find their way along their breastfeeding journeys for over 10 years.
“I wanted to do something that was going to make an impact in our city. With all of the cuts in funding, our breastfeeding community is reaching a new low with appropriate support.” Lynette says. “We have Public Health breastfeeding support groups in place, which is excellent. Unfortunately, many women can’t come to these groups. So how can we connect women who are breastfeeding? I wanted to meet women where they are – at home, on Facebook. The Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support Group on Facebook is a thriving community of moms helping moms!”
Along with being an active online community, the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support Group will begin meeting on Monday mornings, 9:30 – 10:30am, starting on September 10th. They will be located at Birth Roots, 206-83 Sherbrook St. in Winnipeg. Lynette will be facilitating the meetings and will have speakers visit each Monday. There will be snacks, coffee, and tea for the moms.
You can find the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Support Group Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/446103755862806/