NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:
NORWALK, Connecticut (August 24, 2017) – August is National Breastfeeding Month. The Norwalk Health Department encourages mothers to learn more about breastfeeding and urges other members of the community to support families in their breastfeeding goals. The Health Department educates, encourages, and supports mothers in their breastfeeding goals through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and other outreach efforts. To celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, the department has an educational display and take-home materials available in the lobby.
Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the first 6 months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity, and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
However, exclusive breastfeeding can be challenging, and mothers need a team of helpers and healthcare professionals to support them so they can achieve their goals. This breastfeeding team can include family, friends, physicians, nurses, midwives, employers, and childcare providers. Together, the breastfeeding team provides information to boost confidence, protects mothers from criticism, gives reassurance, and lends a hand to help breastfeeding mothers succeed. Team members with special skills and knowledge about breastfeeding, such as a peer counselor, certified lactation counselor, or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®), can be especially helpful.
For more information:
- The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/index.htm
- CT Breastfeeding Coalition: http://www.breastfeedingct.org/
- The Norwalk Health Department WIC Program: http://www.norwalkct.org/768/Women-Infants-Children-WIC
About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information about the Health Department is available at www.norwalkhealth.com.
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