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. It commemorates the declaration made by World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers” and the goal is to draw attention to the importance of peer counseling for mothers trying to breastfeed. The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for breastfeeding mothers within their home and community. The Coastal Health District is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health. Breastmilk 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 breastmilk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.
To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week 2013, the Coastal Health District, in conjunction with several community partners, will host family friendly events in Glynn, Camden, Liberty, and Chatham counties. Events will take place at:
8:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, Glynn County Health Department 2747 4th Street, Brunswick
9:30 a.m., Friday, August 15, St. Marys Waterfront Park, St. Marys
4 p.m., Thursday, August 22, Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market Bradwell Park/Commerce Street, Hinesville
9 a.m., Monday, August 26, Chatham County Health Department 1395 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah (facing Sallie Mood)
For more information, contact Monica Lightfoot at 912-262-3034 or e-mail melightfoot@dhr. state.ga.us.