World Breastfeeding Week Event Scheduled

On Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Forsyth Park from 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. during the Farmers’ Market, World Breastfeeding Week celebrations will begin. The celebrations will include a walk for breastfeeding awareness, prize giveaways, and information on the benefits of breastfeeding. The event is free and family friendly. There is no cost to register. To register for the event and receive a t-shirt, go to www.gachd.org/bf.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated during the first week in August every year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life” and is focused on breastfeeding as the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. The Coastal Health District is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health. Breast milk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby’s growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.

For more information on the objectives of World Breastfeeding Week 2018, go to worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

For more information on the event, contact Monica Lightfoot at Monica. Lightfoot@dph.ga.gov.

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