Ka’nisténhsera

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Overview

The Ka’nisténhsera Teiakotíhsnie’s program is a culturally based support initiative founded on community strengths that has successfully improved the rates of breastfeeding in this population. Program. It has been operating in the First Nations community of Kahnesatake community since 1995. This community based program emerged out of an observed need in the community to increase breastfeeding among new moms in the community. Out of this need program developers set about creating a program that would build on community strengths and address the barriers contributing to poor rates of breastfeeding observed among new mothers in the community.

Project developers aimed to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration by:

  1. Establishing a core group of successful breastfeeding women
  2. Raising community awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding

A locally hired and respected grandmother received training to work with new mothers and a peer group was established. Significant gains in initiation and duration of breastfeeding have been observed and have continued to be sustained. Although the evaluation was completed in 2005, the program continues to run in the community and is based out of the general hospital.

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