The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department receives national designation as a Baby-Friendly Community Health Service

WHITBY, ON September 29, 2015 - Durham Region Health Department has recently been awarded designation as a Baby-Friendly Community Health Service from the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC). The Health Department is the first health service in Durham Region to earn this designation.

The BCC is the national authority responsible for the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI). Created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children Fund, the BFI is a global effort by health care providers to implement best practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

In June 2015, a team of assessors from the BCC visited the Health Department to carry out a review to determine the designation. Through this process, the assessors used standards to measure and assess the Health Department’s service within the community as it relates to infant feeding practices.

“On behalf of Regional Council, I extend congratulations to the Health Department on being the first health service to receive this designation in Durham Region”, said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for The Regional Municipality of Durham. “This designation is a notable achievement and will greatly benefit the families of our community.”

“Support for mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months, followed by the introduction of complimentary foods while continuing to breastfeed for two years and beyond, is important,” explained Regional Councillor Lorne Coe, Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee. “The BFI requires that all families are supported to feed their children in safe and nurturing ways, regardless of the feeding method chosen for their babies.”

The BFI helps all mothers and families to:

For more information on the BFI or Durham Region Health Department’s programs and services, please call 905-668-7711 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit

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Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 

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