Our History

 

2005

  • The Alberta Breastfeeding Committee was formed by a number of stakeholders from across the province to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Alberta. The ABC was comprised of a multidisciplinary group of health care providers: representatives from Alberta Health and Wellness; Alberta Regional Health Authorities; Young Family Wellness; Alberta Perinatal Health Program; provincial professional associations; university and college educators; regional breastfeeding coalitions; independent experts and consumers.
  • The first AGM for the ABC was held in Calgary in conjunction with a major breastfeeding conference sponsored by CLCA-accl, the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing and the Calgary Breastfeeding Matters Interest Group
  • The Alberta Minister of Health accepted an ABC proposal and granted funding to support a workshop and secretariat for the ABC.

2006

  • ABC Website developed and available at www.breastfeedingalberta.ca  
  • Health Information Standards Committee for Alberta (HISCA) established to develop clear definitions and facilitate the collection of breastfeeding data at the regional and provincial level.
  • Ongoing partnership with Alberta Health & Wellness.

2007

  • Alberta Breastfeeding Data Set Submission accepted in draft by HISCA
  • By-Laws drafted and ready for membership approval; The By-Laws to replace current Terms of Reference
  • Conference hosted in Red Deer  “Welcoming the Newborn Softly”

2008

  • By-laws submitted and accepted by Corporations Canada 
  • Alberta Public Health Association accepted a resolution prepared by the ABC and presented at the APHA AGM stating “APHA will collaborate with interested parties such as the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee, Dietitians, Chronic Disease group, AMA, APHP, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Alberta Healthy Living Network to develop a comprehensive health strategy that will promote, support and protect breastfeeding in a way that benefits all children, mothers and families in Alberta”

2009

  • Alberta Breastfeeding Committee officially registered as a not-for-profit society March 30, 2009
  • Promoted Skin-to-skin care
  • Dr. Nils Bergman Conference in Edmonton, September 30, 2009 Time Together - A Neurobehavioural Approach To Newborn Care”
  • Alberta Breastfeeding Charter launched
  • Reviewed Alberta Education Health Curriculum and submitted recommendations and references

2010

  • Human Milk Banking Committee- proposal initiated from Edmonton with representatives from the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Terms of Reference developed by the ABC.
  • Reviewed content of the Alberta Personal Health Portal and submitted recommendations for consideration.

2011

  • Developed our Alberta Breastfeeding Committee logo
  • Developed “The Importance of Breastfeeding” information sheets; Skin-to-skin, Cancer, Risks of Formula, and Obesity
  • Alberta Breastfeeding Charter and all ABC materials formatted to provide cohesive presentation
  • Conference hosted in Edmonton, September 16 titled “Best Practices for Infant Feeding: Promote Health and Prevent Disease” featuring Marianne Brophy and Dr. Louise Dumas

2012

  • Launch of updated ABC website.
  • Relationships initiate with Alberta Neonatal Nurses Association and College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)
  • Representative of ABC met with Executive Assistant to Minister of Health, The discussion focused on current barriers moving the Baby-Friendly Initiative forward in Alberta.
  • Invitation to have representation on the “Breastfeeding in Alberta Committee.”  comprised of representatives from Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Health Services.
  • Teleconference meetings with the AHS Breastfeeding Coordinating Committee. This committee met three times in 2012 and then transitioned to become the Maternal Infant Health Strategy Task Force.
  • Representation at the Sharing and Caring Conference in Edmonton titled “Caring for the Late Preterm Infant” with the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee display and samples of ABC resources.
  • Look What They Are Doing in Alberta’, a four page document on the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutions and World Health Assembly Resolutions  (the Code) violations in Alberta and Saskatchewan completed in partnership with the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).
  • Conferences in Calgary and Edmonton, September 2012 titled “Breastfeeding and the Brain: Place Based Brain Building” featuring Dr. Jean Clinton and Dr. Robbin Gibb.
  • A series of three posters were created to support and promote the conference theme: Breastfeeding and the Brain: Future Hockey Star in the Making Breastfeeding and the Brain Innovative Petroleum Engineer Downloading Breastfeeding and the Brain: Future Whiz Kid Downloading
  • Provided input to: - Pan-Canadian Breastfeeding Jurisdictional Scan (Government of British     Columbia, Carolyn Solomon) - BFI Status Report in Canada (BCC) 2012
  • Board members met with Dr. James Talbot, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, and Project Manager, Louise Forest. The discussion focused on strategies to move the Baby-Friendly Initiative forward in Alberta.

2013

  • Strategic planning to align with our national committee goals and to focus our work on promoting the Baby-Friendly Initiative
  • Restructuring to best position efforts to meet the strategic plan goals
  • Bylaws rewritten to reflect changes and submitted to Alberta Registries
  • Code of Conduct written and accepted by members
  • Roles and Responsibilities of board members written and accepted by members
  • Board insurance investigated and implemented.

2014

  • Two members attended BCC sponsored BFI Assessor Training Candidates workshop in Winnipeg and one member attended in Toronto
  • Review of content and submission of recommendations regarding AHS Healthy Parents Healthy Children and Pregnancy and Birth resource.
  • Hosted a teleconference presented by BCC Lead Assessor Marianne Brophy on the Baby-Friendly Initiative with twenty-two (22) participants from across the province.
  • Collaboration and planning of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada Baby- Friendly Initiative National Symposium 2015 to be hosted in Edmonton April 16 and17 2015.
  • Submission of information for the BCC BFI Status Report 2104
  • Submission of Baby-Friendly Initiative article to CARNA including letter to the editor in response to benefits of extended breastfeeding

2015

  • Hosted the first BCC Baby-Friendly National Symposium April 16 and 17th at the Lister Conference Center, University of Alberta campus.
  • ABC banner launched at the BCC Symposium
  • Hosted Best Practice Education Session in Fort McMurray. Topic was “Baby-Friendly Language” presented by Marina Green. There were 29 participants.
  • ABC hosted two “Lunch and Learn” sessions at Northern Lights Regional Health Center Maternal Child unit on Skin to Skin.
  • October 28, 2015 ABC hosted first Best Practice Teleconference #1 on Skin to Skin as part of an ongoing Teleconference series focused on best practices. 50 participants registered and reference material sent out in follow up to questions and discussion
  • Best Practice Teleconference #2 hosted on November 25, 2016 with topic discussion on “Medical Supplementation.” 19 participants registered
  • Archival process complete for all records of the ABC

2016

  • Best Practice Teleconference #3 “International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes” February 24, 2016  
  • Best Practice Teleconference #4  “Watch Your Language”  November 23, 2016
  • ABC Conference Second Night - Not Rest Night. Keynote speaker Dr. Louise Dumas RN, MSN, PhD. Hosted at the U of A Conference Center on October 20, 2016
  • Launched poster “Feeding Our Future”