New breastfeeding resources available for free download!

Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation

Best Start Resource Centre is pleased to announce a new breastfeeding booklet for Aboriginal women called Breastfeeding for the Health and Future of Our Nation. This booklet follows the medicine wheel and shares key information and skills for breastfeeding, including relevant teachings and quotes. It provides responses to frequently asked questions as well as links to additional supports and information. The booklet supports the initiation and duration on breastfeeding in Aboriginal women.

Best Start would like to thank the many people who were involved in the development of this booklet, through research and writing, key input, expert review, photos, design, testing with breastfeeding women etc.


The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Evidence-Informed Key Messages and Resources

The Best Start Resource Centre and BFI Ontario are pleased to announce the addition of a new and long-awaited resource: The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Evidence-Informed Key Messages and Resources.

 As more organizations consider implementing the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), there is a need for support through evidence-informed resources. BFI Ontario and the Best Start Resource Centre adapted this resource, with permission from the Regional Municipality of Halton.  It provides evidence-informed, consistent messages, broken down into smaller pieces of information. The resources mentioned support BFI implementation and maintenance and will make a user-friendly and practical addition to your BFI tool kit. Specifically, this resource will:

Increase health care providers’ confidence as they implement or maintain BFI by providing key messages using evidence-informed language.

Assist facilities in using common language and messages regarding BFI that are consistent throughout programming and education within their own organizations.

Provide facilities with evidence-informed practical resources to assist with BFI implementation and maintenance.

This resource includes:

  • Key evidence-based messages for each of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (WHO/UNICEF 1989) and the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (WHO, 1981) and subsequent WHA resolutions.
  • A break-down of each message with supporting rational and evidence.
  • Evidence-informed resources that can be used to support the implementation and maintenance of BFI.
  • References for each step, listed according to type (for example, Randomised Controlled Trial (RTC).

A French version of the resource will be available soon.

BFI Ontario and the Best Start Resource Centre hope you will enjoy and benefit from this resource as you navigate your BFI journey. To download the resource, go to: