Communities Need to Work Together to Provide Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.

This year’s theme “Breastfeeding, Foundation of Life” focuses on breastfeeding as a key to preventing hunger and malnutrition by ensuring food security for babies. By decreasing the burden on household income, breastfeeding provides a low-cost way to feed babies which contributes to poverty reduction.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding with the addition of appropriate solid food for the first year and beyond.

“In light of the monetary and life saving benefits of breastfeeding, all elements of the community, should support breastfeeding” said “Jeff Cooper, Health Commissioner, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. “Ultimately, our whole society benefits from having healthier mothers, babies and children when breastfeeding is promoted, protected and supported.”

Public Health is hosting an event celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week on Friday, August 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Drew Health Center located at 1323 W. Third St. The celebration is free and open to all and will include door prizes, refreshments, a photo booth and educational material.

For more information about breastfeeding in Montgomery County call Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) at (937) 225-4491

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