For Immediate Release: July 24, 2018
Deb Kitzmiller, Brattleboro Office of Local Health
Vermont Department of Health
Brattleboro Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week
Events around town August 1-7 support infant health
BRATTLEBORO – The Brattleboro community and its local businesses will mark World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7, with activities and awareness events around town that celebrate “Breastfeeding: The Foundation of Life.”
The Vermont Department of Health encourages and supports breastfeeding because of its important health benefits for both baby and mom. The Local Health Office in Brattleboro works one-on-one with new moms through breastfeeding classes and at its WIC clinics. The department also helps local businesses become Breastfeeding Friendly Employers. Other community supports for breastfeeding include nurses and lactation consultants at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and home visitors through Early Education Services, Children’s Integrated Services, and the Visiting Nurses Association.
Here’s what Brattleboro has planned for World Breastfeeding Week:
- Lactation Cookies – The Brattleboro Food Co Op will host a kickoff event on August 1 at 5 p.m. Nutritionists from the Vermont Department of Health will discuss dietary needs to support breastfeeding and meal prep for a busy schedule. Participants will also bake cookies as part of a discussion of foods that help boost breast milk production!
- Gallery Walk Cabana – Located on Main St. in front of Vermont Artisan Designs during Gallery Walk on August 3 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Part of Vermont’s Breastfeeding Friendly Employer’s project, the cabana demonstrates the space and materials needed for a workplace breastfeeding/pumping area.
- The Big Latch On – Sunday, August 5 from 10 - 11 a.m. at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro. Sponsored by the Maternal & Child Health Coalition and The Winston Prouty Center, nursing individuals and their children will gather to join breastfeeding moms worldwide. There will be a count taken at 10:30 a.m. In 2017, there were 17,790 “latched on” children during this event worldwide! More at biglatchon.org
- Brown Bag Luncheon – On August 7 from 12 - 1 p.m. at The River Garden on Main Street in Brattleboro, internationally board-certified lactation consultant Dawn Kersula will talk about “Grandparenting the Breastfed Baby.”
- Social Media – The Brattleboro Local Health Office Facebook page will be sharing photos in its “Post Where You Pump” campaign. These images are designed to show what we go through to give breast milk to our babies, whether breastfeeding works out or not. Look for these, like, comment and share! Follow World Breastfeeding Week on Twitter: #WBW2018.
For information about breastfeeding and why it’s best for babies and moms, visit healthvermont.gov/breastfeeding.
Share your stories and follow World Breastfeeding Week on Twitter: #WBW2018
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