MILC members host information booth promoting breastfeeding education curriculum for Manitoba schools
As part of a knowledge translation project ("Stakeholder engagement to inform strategies for improving breasteeding education in Manitoba schools"), MILC members Sarah Turner (PhD student) and Angela Blouin (public health nurse) hosted an information booth today at the Science Teachers Association of Manitoba Professional Development day. The goal of the next phase of this project is to create breastfeeding curriculum resources for Manitoba and/or adapt resources developed in other provinces.
MILC members from the Kelly & Azad Labs hosted an outreach table at the University of Manitoba medical school to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding, including information-sharing, lots of conversation, and stickers, as well as displays of life-size posters of breastfeeding mothers from the Winnipeg Breastfeeding Network, and medieval and religious paintings depicting breastfeeding provided by visiting scholar François-Joseph Lapointe. There was a lot of enthusiastic engagement, particularly from first- and second-year medical students! Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event such a success!
MILC co-Director Dr. Meghan Azad was interviewed by Apoorva Mandavilli from The New York Times about her team's research on breastfeeding, breast milk, and the infant gut microbiome.
MILC members from the Azad Lab spent Sunday at the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba's annual Teddy Bears' Picnic teaching the kids about breastfeeding in the "I Want to be a Scientist" tent.
New funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre (MILC)
Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan accounced today that the University of Manitoba will be receiving more than $1.1 million in support of seven projects funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. We are very excited to announce that Dr. Meghan Azad and Dr. Nathan Nickel's project "Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Center (MILC): a provincial infant feeding database and human milk biorepository" is one of the successfully funded projects! Click HERE to read about all seven projects.