Promoting Breastfeeding Access for Working Moms Focus of Month-long Campaign
August 01, 2015
“Breastfeeding is the gold standard for infant feeding and recommended by theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics from birth to one year or longer as mutually desired bymom and baby,” said Mally Chrulski, WIC Nutrition Program Director.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mothers who breastfeed their children are at a healthier weight on average than those who do not. They also have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer. Children who are breastfed have a lower risk for developing respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
During World Breastfeeding Week, the peer counselors will be sharing WIC and breastfeeding information at our local offices, and at events held by our network of partners. The WIC Peer Counselor “Meet and Greet” will be held at the St Lucie West WIC office on Monday, August 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm and Thursday, August 6th from 3:00-5:00pm. The “Meet and Greet” will be held at our Ft Pierce WIC office on Wednesday, August 5th from 1:00-4:00pm and Friday, August 7th from 12:30 – 2:30pm. You can call 772-785-6124 or 772-462-3900 for location information.
Several of our peer counselors will be representing WIC at the “Big Latch On” Event on Saturday, August 1 from 10:00-12 noon and the La Leche League meeting, “Live, Love, Latch” on Saturday, August 9th from 10:00 – 11:00am at St Lucie Medical Center.
Other partner events in St Lucie County include, the “Mother Appreciation Party” at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, August 4th from 2:30- 4:00pm with a RSVP at 772-468-4491. St Lucie Medical Center’s Baby Wearing Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, August 6 that 12noon and you can call 772-335-4000 for information.