Healthy Living in the North

Breastfeeding: Local eating for babies

Mother and baby

There are a lot of great benefits, for both mother and baby, when it comes to breastfeeding. What’s your positive experience with breastfeeding? (Photo by

This week (October 1-7) is Breastfeeding Awareness Week, and as a public health nurse, it really gets me thinking about all the amazing benefits of breastfeeding. We learned about some in a post from a fellow public health nurse last week.

I breastfed my son for 13 months and it was a positive experience for our family. The convenience, the financial savings and health benefits made it a great fit for us, and I always found co-workers and even strangers were so supportive, no matter where I went.

Recently, I attended a breastfeeding education session and learned “new to me” information about breastfeeding. One thing that stood out for me was “baby led breastfeeding.”  Babies are really smart about breastfeeding, and are much more involved in the process than I had realized. A really good example of this can be seen in a YouTube video called “Breast Crawl – Initiation of Breastfeeding.”

It was also interesting to me to think of breastfeeding from a wider perspective. During natural disasters, such as the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, breastfed babies were among few who had food security. Breastfeeding is the locavore diet for babies!!

How about you? What is your positive experience or interesting fact about breastfeeding? Please share below!

If you’d like more information on the benefits of breastfeeding and links to other great resources, visit our breastfeeding webpage!

Jennifer Miller

About Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is a public health nurse in the Burns Lake Public Health office. She has been a registered nurse since 1986 and has worked for Northern Health since 1991. Since moving to Burns Lake in 1991, Jennifer has had the opportunity to experience a number of different rural nursing roles. When not at work, Jennifer can be found busy with her family, her medieval recreation group, or working on a variety of artisan projects, such as spinning.