NEWMARKET- The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce the opening of a new breastfeeding clinic in the Town of Georgina on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. This marks the fifth location available for York Region residents.
Appointments will be available on alternating Wednesdays at the York Region Georgina office, 24262 Woodbine Avenue (Keswick) in the Town of Georgina.
York Region’s Breastfeeding Program offers individual breastfeeding support in a clinic setting by York Region Public Health Nurses, most of which are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Appointments are offered to York Region residents at no cost. Telephone consultations are also available by calling York Region Health Connection.
Breastfeeding is important to the health of women and children. It is convenient, economical and protective of the environment and natural resources. Research shows breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis. Breastfed children are shown to have higher IQ scores and improved school performance and have a decreased risk of contracting the flu and gastrointestinal illnesses, asthma, allergies, type-2 diabetes, obesity and certain childhood cancers.
In 2010, public health nurses provided more than 1,200 breastfeeding clinic appointments and nearly 3,500 breastfeeding telephone consultations.
For additional breastfeeding clinic locations, to book an appointment or for more information on this or any other public health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/childandfamilyhealth
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