Coastal Health District celebrates World Breastfeeding Week
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – It’s World Breastfeeding Week and the Coastal Health District held its annual celebration on Saturday.
The Coastal Health District Women’s, Infant and Child Nutrition Program was back in Forsyth Park to host the event for the first time in two years.
World Breastfeeding Week takes place the first week of August each year in more than 170 countries. The goal of the event is to educate and empower mothers and show them that they have the support of the community.
New mum Nicole Beck says she wants other mums to know that breastfeeding is completely normal and that they should never feel uncomfortable caring for their baby. She says it is also important for mothers to take care of each other.
“There’s a lot of pressure on moms and, you know, how to feed your baby and I’m just so relieved that I was able to support her and I’m also able to support my best friend and do a gift to her,” said Nicole Beck, a new mom.
Mum-of-four Brittney Green says it’s essential for mothers to get support from others because breastfeeding can be difficult.
“Family support or support from friends, reach out to anyone you know who has,” said Brittney Green, a mother of four.
Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Coastal Health District, Yolanda Jenkins says there are many benefits to breastfeeding, so she encourages all mums to give it a try. Jenkins says if this isn’t for you, don’t be discouraged. Help is always available through programs such as WIC.
“Babies who receive breast milk from their mother have a reduced risk of common illnesses due to the immunities in breast milk. They have a reduced risk of childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, they have fewer colds and fewer food allergies when they are smaller,” said Yolanda Jenkins of the Coastal Health District.
Those who came out also took part in a march around Forsyth. Organizers say the event will take place again next year.
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