MCNIG have vacancies for the following positions for the MCNIG Executive Team:
  • Communication and Public Relations Officer
  • Student Representative
  • Associate Members in Communication
  • Membership Officer
  • Policy and Political Action
We would like to explore having someone/people with social media knowledge and expertise!
Please please email Leigh Baetz-Craft at info@mcnig.ca if you are interested or have any questions.

Is Breast Truly Best? Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Hello BFI members,

You may have recently heard headlines about an article in thestar.com Breastfeeding benefits have been drastically overstated. This article refers to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, titled,Is Breast Truly Best? Estimating the Effects of Breastfeeding on Long-term Child Health and Wellbeing in the United States Using Sibling Comparisons.

BFI Ontario would like to share responses to this study by Baby Milk Action in the UK:http://info.babymilkaction.org/news/campaignblog280214 as well as the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: http://bfmed.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/reports-on-breastfeeding-sibling-study-are-vastly-overstated/. These responses provide more details about the study and highlight some of the methodological flaws. For example a child was counted as breastfed if the mother "breastfed him/her for any length of time” and there was no measure of exclusivity. Please see the links for more information.

The Baby-Friendly Initiative: Webinar Posted on Jan 14, 2014

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

Webinar - Description:

This one-hour, free webinar is for anyone working in hospitals or community settings seeking to implement the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI).

The Best Start Resource Centre developed this resource in partnership with The Baby-Friendly Initiative Ontario to support service providers on their BFI implementation journey. The webinar will highlight how this resource can be used to support service providers in using a common language, agreeing on key messages, understanding the evidence base, and accessing resources to support the practical aspects of BFI implementation. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

Webinar dates and times:

There will be three optional dates to attend this webinar:
  • Thursday, January 16th, 11.00 - 12.00 EST
  • Friday, January 24th, 14.00 - 15.00 EST
  • Wednesday, January 29th, 10.00 - 11.00 EST

To register click here: http://beststart.org/index_eng.html

Help people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers Posted on Jan 14, 2014

Act now to help persons living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and their caregivers: RNAO says 

LONDON, Jan. 13, 2014 – The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) appeared before the Select Committee on Developmental Services today to convey concern about the lack of a provincial Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) strategy. 

Registered nurses Kathy Moreland Layte and Mary Mueller addressed the committee, which met in London, ON., on behalf of RNAO, the professional body representing over 36,000 Ontario registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students.

The committee, comprised of MPPs, is gathering information on how to tackle the urgent requirement for a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of children, youth and adults in Ontario with an intellectual (developmental) disability, or those diagnosed with an intellectual disability and a mental illness. 

FASD is a lifelong disability associated with exposure to prenatal alcohol. It is the leading cause of developmental disability among Canadian children, with an estimated nine babies out of every 1,000 born in Canada with FASD.

At today’s meeting, Moreland Layte and Mueller issued three calls of action to the province: 1) come up with a provincial strategy that addresses FASD through an integrated, interdisciplinary approach that speaks to the prevention, diagnosis and care of individuals and families living with this disability 2) offer accessible, affordable diagnostic services for children and their families, and 3) create respite and other services for caregivers. 

In 2012, at RNAO’s annual general meeting, a resolution was unanimously passed to address the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of FASD in Ontario. Doris Grinspun, chief executive officer of RNAO, says nurses are in a unique position to help those living with FASD by advocating for greater awareness of the risks of drinking during pregnancy, and by supporting more effective prevention, diagnosis, interventions and supports for those living with the disorder. "It’s time for the province to step up to the plate and begin to better serve those affected by this pervasive disability,” says Grinspun. "Let’s work together to decrease its prevalence and help those living with of FASD.” 

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. 

Poem for RNAO FASD Advocacy work group Posted on Jan 11, 2014

MCNIG is working with the RNAO FASD Advocacy work group. The following poem was written by Kathy Mooreland-Layte NP., one of the key activists for FASD in the province of Ontario. The poem reflects of Kathy's personal battles and speaks greatly of her struggles personally and politically. 
A problem only for our native peoples? 
This is not the case 
I see the ignorance everyday 
"But your child has a normal face!”

Don’t they see the travesty, 
The need for services there? 
As an adoptive parent I fight hard each day 
It seems like so few care.

If my children had been brain injured 
 in an accident 
Or even born with Down’s 
I wouldn’t have to fight SO hard 
Or deal with placating frowns.

Their poisoned brains are damaged! 
Their deficits not their choice! 
They can succeed when supported 
They need an external voice!

The cracks my children fall through 
Are w-i-d-e and have no funds 
They’re bridged with inappropriate programs 
For those where change can be done.

Ignoring FASD costs money 
But more than you can see 
It breaks our children’s spirits, 
their families and communities.

Prevention, diagnosis and care will cost 
But this you must know well 
Nothing costs more than breaking a child 
Who innocently was born into hell.

My heart screams loudly for them 
They must get the help they need. 
As mother I made a sacred pact. 
And for your commitment I plead.

A problem only for our native peoples? 
Again I say not true 
The travesty of FASD 
Is part of me and YOU!

Biennial Paediatric Nursing Conference - "A Dynamic Specialty" Posted on Jan 2, 2014

The Pediatric Nurses Interest Group Conference Program Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at our Biennial Paediatric Nursing Conference - "A Dynamic Specialty" on May 9th - May 10th, 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.

***Deadline for Abstract Submissions was previously January 6th 2014 but has now been extended to January 13th 2014.***

"For more information please visit:" http://www.pednig.ca/modules/news/index.php#36

CAPPA Canada Lactation Education Workshop Posted on Dec 17, 2013

Assisting professionals to teach "Normal" Breastfeeding!!

This course uses the 20 Hour WHO/UNICEF Lactation Management Course format and meets all the criteria that defines and examines the Baby Friendly Initiative in Canada and Internationally as it promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding. Understanding BFI/BFHI will be a helpful pre-requisite for taking this course but not necessary. Workshop will include latest scientific data and research related to anatomy, physiology and the biological norms of breastfeeding, transitional changes of the baby right after birth, Kangaroo Mother Care, the benefits of Skin to Skin, Baby Led latching, Laid back breastfeeding and the baby’s expert role. Participants will be encouraged to learn a new way of latching that makes breastfeeding much easier and fun from the start. We will explore components of effective lactation education.

Knowing what to teach about lactation is as important as knowing how to teach parents to-be about breastfeeding and how to support them in the best way possible. Therefore, participants will be encouraged to implement teaching and counseling strategies. Adult learning principles, group discussion, counseling skills, and a variety of videos and visual aids will be included to assist you in previewing what you might want to offer for your institution or practice.

Who should attend: This workshop is valuable for all professionals working with the Breastfeeding Dyad such as Doctors, Midwives, Registered Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Doulas, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Dieticians, Nutritionists, Massage therapist, or mothers giving peer support etc. and others who may want to pursue a career as a Certified Lactation Educator.

Once you have registered you will receive the pre-workshop information.

Dates and Location: January 23, 24 and 25, 2014 @ Birth and Baby Needs, 1025 Waterdown Rd., Burlington, Ontario

Early bird special, if you register before  January 4 /2014 will be  $350.00, After this the regular fee of $400.00 will be applied.

For questions please call or email:

Attie Sandink RN, IBCLC, RLC, CBE


289 244 0442


Breastfeeding Course for Health Care Professionals Posted on Nov 11, 2013

There is still room for a few more people to attend this course.   Register ASAP!  See information below.



Friday, Nov. 15th, 0845-1630 
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 0845-1630
Friday, Nov. 29th, 0845-1630 


$175 per participant 

Course facilitator:

Lori Levere, RN, BScN, IBCLC 
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 


15 Sperling Drive, Barrie, ON 


Charlene McDonald
1 (877) 721 7520 ext. 7878 

Course Flyer:

Click here to open.




Friday, Nov. 15th, 0845-1630 

Friday, Nov. 22nd, 0845-1630 

Friday, Nov. 29th, 0845-1630 


$175 per participant 

Course facilitator:

Lori Levere, RN, BScN, IBCLC 

Simcoe Muskoka District 

Health Unit 


15 Sperling Drive, Barrie, ON 



Charlene McDonald 

1 (877) 721 7520 ext. 7878 

Course Flyer:

Click here to open.


How do nurses discuss the safety issues related to donor milk? Posted on Oct 21, 2013

 Breast milk bought online frequently contaminated

'Imagine if the donor happens to be a drug user,' pediatrics chief says

U.S. researchers who compared samples from a breast milk-sharing website with samples donated to a milk bank say milk purchased online was often contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. 

Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Canadian and U.S. pediatric societies warn of potential health risks of giving babies human breast milk obtained online or directly from unscreened individuals.

Read full article...


Should Women Drink while Pregnant? Posted on Oct 13, 2013

This commentary (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group - Research Society on Alcoholism, 2013) counters Dr. Emily Oster�s claim in her book, �Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need To Know� that there is not sufficient evidence that shows women should abstain from drinking alcohol while pregnant. This commentary includes a short description of significant scientific studies that show the damage even small amounts of alcohol can have on child development and supports the recommendation that women should abstain from drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Read Commentary here.


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