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NEWS: Nunavut September 30, 2016 - 6:30 am

Photo: Moms and babies gather in support of breastfeeding

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Midwife Heather Omilgoituk speaks to a group of mothers and babies Oct. 2 during an event held as part of Cambridge Bay's participation in the Nunavut-wise breastfeeding challenge. As part of her presentation, Omilgoituk spoke about the economic advantages of breastfeeding over formula feeding. About six in 10 Nunavut women breastfeed their babies over some period of time, but only one in three babies are exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their lives, the period recommended by the World Health Organization. Breast milk helps to protect against sudden infant death syndrome, illnesses and infections, said Nunavut’s department of health, adding that breastfeeding is convenient, inexpensive and helps families be food secure. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Midwife Heather Omilgoituk speaks to a group of mothers and babies Oct. 2 during an event held as part of Cambridge Bay's participation in the Nunavut-wise breastfeeding challenge. As part of her presentation, Omilgoituk spoke about the economic advantages of breastfeeding over formula feeding. About six in 10 Nunavut women breastfeed their babies over some period of time, but only one in three babies are exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their lives, the period recommended by the World Health Organization. Breast milk helps to protect against sudden infant death syndrome, illnesses and infections, said Nunavut’s department of health, adding that breastfeeding is convenient, inexpensive and helps families be food secure. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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