Network History


It is following the breastfeeding difficulties that arose after the birth of her first child that a Montréal nurse, Liette Bernier, realizes that breastfeeding is not sufficiently supported. She thus founded the Association des femmes allaitantes, whose mission is to support women who have chosen to breastfeed.

1983 to 1999 

In 1983, the Montréal association expanded and changed its name to Nourri-Source. The organization is developing outside of Montréal and new groups are being created in the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Saguenay and Laval.


It was in 2000, after a major restructuring, that the Federation and the regionals were created. The Federation's mission then becomes to bring together the Nourri-Source groups and ensure the sustainability of the network. The regional offices become autonomous organizations whose mission is to promote and support breastfeeding in their respective regions.

The year 2000 therefore marks the founding of the Nourri-Source Federation, Nourri-Source Montréal, Nourri-Source Lanaudière, Nourri-Source Laurentides and Nourri-Source Montérégie.


The Nourri-Source Laval regional office was founded.


2007 marks the foundation of Nourri-Source Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, as well as the creation of a new group in the Eastern Township (Estrie).


A new group is created in Bécancour in Central Quebec.


The Nourri-Source Estrie regional office was founded.


Another group is created this time in Etchemins, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.


Two years later, the Nourri-Source Chaudière-Appalaches regional office was founded, then dissolved in 2019.


The Nourri-Source Centre-du-Québec regional office was founded.