We are a network of parents who provide peer support for breastfeeding and other parenting challenges. As Northwest Territories’ Breastfeeding Support Group, we promote and support feeding breast milk in any way, in any amount. We support all families in their journey to feed their babies with love, and we realize that this may look different for different families.
We believe that breast milk is the ideal first choice, that any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial, and we support people to breastfeed for as long as feels right for their family and situation. We also understand that families sometimes find themselves in situations where they need to look at alternative solutions to feed their babies with love. We do not believe in judging or shaming women for their feeding choices; our goal is to support all families in all situations.
We have volunteers and members with varied breastfeeding experiences, many of whom have ultimately managed to have a successful breastfeeding relationship despite significant challenges. These volunteers are very willing to share experiences and success stories. We truly believe that although breastfeeding is not always easy, it is worth the effort and that peer support is one of the best ways to help other mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.
What We Do
Moms, Boobs and Babies offers drop-in support meetings in Yellowknife, we operate a toll-free breastfeeding peer support telephone line, and we help Yellowknife Public Health facilitate postnatal classes. We also provide peer support and breastfeeding encouragement through our Facebook group, we provide a lending library for breastfeeding and parenting books, and we host Yellowknife’s Breastfeeding Challenge annually in October to see how many breastfeeding pairs we can have in one place.
Our organization also enhances our support efforts when funding is available by creating resource material, including “tips for a good latch”, a breastfeeding diary book, a breastfeeding friendly map of Yellowknife, brochures on breastfeeding challenges as identified through our meetings, providing breastfeeding kits of resources to communities all over the NWT, and we have recently developed a training program for breastfeeding and peer support to be offered annually to our volunteers and other interested community members.