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Health Department to Observe World Breastfeeding Week
July 22, 2016...Pike County Health Department will host two events as part of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). WBW is an annual event that is held the first week of August in over 120 countries throughout the world. The purpose is to promote exclusive breastfeeding for infants. Breast milk is the optimal food for babies and breastfeeding benefits both the child and mother. Breastfeeding lowers the risk for cancer, obesity, heart disease, allergies, asthma, and ear infections.
The Celebration to kick-off the week will be held Monday, August 1st at 1:00 at the Pike County Health Department. All breastfeeding moms, pregnant women and children are welcome. There will be snacks, drawings for prizes, and grab-bags with a variety of items. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the women in our community to connect and share their experiences with each other.
A Grandmother’s Tea will be held on Monday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m. This is a special event for the moms and mothers-in-law of expectant women. The pregnant moms can join too. Support is so important in the first weeks and months after the baby is born. This event will celebrate the important role that Grandma plays in the success of breastfeeding and the overall health and well-being of the family. Brunch will be served and there will be games, prizes, and give-aways. Please RSVP for this event to Leah Diffey 573-324-2111.
Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Perfect Food for Tiny Tummies"
Every baby is born with a tiny stomach, only the size of a shooter marble or cherry. Mom makes the perfect amount of milk for her baby when she is allowed to fully breastfeed her baby. As the baby gets older, the stomach grows and the milk supply increases. Breast milk is easily digested and that is why infants eat small, frequent meals. Newborns eat often, about 8-12 times a day.
Read past issues of the Breastfeeding Newsletter