Island libraries take part in breastfeeding challenge Saturday

On Oct. 1, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Vancouver Island libraries are partnering for the 10th annual Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, an international event with the goal of setting the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time.

Babies and books converge this weekend as a global parenting event takes on a new twist on Vancouver Island.

On Oct. 1, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Vancouver Island libraries are partnering for the 10th annual Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge, an international event with the goal of setting the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time.

Following the theme of nourishing the mind, groups of mothers, fathers, caregivers and children will meet at public libraries across the Island.

After family story time, the latch-on challenge aims to have women from across the world breastfeed their babies in synchronicity.

“I think it takes a whole community to support breastfeeding families,” said Peggy Strass, organizing the event for VIHA.

Last year, 4,373 children at 216 sites in 18 countries took part in the challenge, which originated in Vancouver.

This is the first year on Vancouver Island that the event will occur at public libraries, which Strass says is a natural fit.

“I’ve heard moms say to me: ‘I love going to the libraries,’” she said. “They’re very family friendly.’”

The challenge runs from 10:30 a.m. until noon at all locations.

In Greater Victoria, take part at the central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St.; at the Juan de Fuca branch, 1759 Island Hwy; and at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Ave.

“It’s fun to read, so read while you feed,” Strass added.

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