The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is teaming up with the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which will be observed from Aug. 1-7.
WIC breastfeeding support group meetings are held monthly at three Lake County locations, including at the Clermont WIC office. The program also has offices in Leesburg and Umatilla.
WIC provides vouchers for supplemental nutritious foods to qualified participants, as well as nutrition education and counseling, screening, and referrals to other health, welfare, and social services.
The breastfeeding support group meetings are held each month to help pregnant women, as well as, women who are currently breastfeeding their baby, to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding is free, while formula can be very expensive. We talk about the health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and their baby, as well as the economic advantages,” noted Danica Poorbaugh, a registered dietician and certified lactation counselor for DoH-Lake County's WIC Program, in a news release.
DoH-Lake County also noted in the release that “When it comes to caring for a newborn baby, there are a lot of choices to make - the right pediatrician, the best diapers to use, or even which car seat to buy. Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed babies because it is made by Mom just for her baby.”
The department also notes the benefits of breastfeeding compared to formula, including:
* Breastfed babies tend to have higher IQs and fewer learning disabilities.
* Breastfed babies are at lower risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- Breastfed babies have a decreased risk for diabetes, allergies, ear infections, diarrhea and asthma.
- Breastfeeding helps mom and baby bond with skin-to-skin nurturing.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight or obese as children & adults.
- Women who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries during the first week of August in honor of the signing of an international declaration in 1981 to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
To learn more, call Jennifer Bacon at 352-771-5563.
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