For Immediate Release: July 22, 2019

Media Contact:
Deb Kitzmiller
Brattleboro Office of Local Health
Vermont Department of Health


Brattleboro to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week
Events around town August 1-7 support infant health

BRATTLEBORO – As part of World Breastfeeding Week, the Brattleboro community and local businesses will host events during the first week of August with the theme to “empower parents, enable breastfeeding.” This annual celebration of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition” is an invitation to learn about the importance of breastfeeding to infant and mother’s health, and to join with others in promoting this best practice.

The Vermont Department of Health’s Brattleboro office encourages and supports breastfeeding because of its important health benefits for both baby and mom.

“In addition to the importance of the mother/baby bonding experience, infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of several chronic diseases. Breastfeeding also promotes improved immune protection and cognitive development,” said Deb Kitzmiller, a public health nurse with the department’s Brattleboro Office of Local Health. “Studies also show that those who breastfeed have reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancers and postpartum depression.”

Kitzmiller said that getting and supporting people to breastfeed is just the start. The local health team also works with employers to create breastfeeding-friendly workplaces.

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Here’s what Brattleboro has planned for World Breastfeeding Week:

  • The Big Latch On – Friday, August 2 from 5:00-6:00 pm on the lawn of the Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro (rain location inside the church).  Nursing parents and their children will gather to join a worldwide count of nursing children at 5:30 p.m. Learn more at
  • Photography Exhibit – During August, The Works Bakery Café gallery is hosting an exhibit featuring works by local artists Sarah Lavigne, Rachel Portesi and Angie Roberts that engages the World Breastfeeding Week theme — "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding."
  • Social Media – As part of its “empower parents, enable breastfeeding” campaign, the Brattleboro Local Health Office will share breastfeeding photos on its Facebook page, along with short stories of who or what empowered people to breastfeed. Feel free to like, comment and share! Follow World Breastfeeding Week on Twitter: #WBW2019.
  • The Breast of Brattleboro Award – This award will be presented to the person who best exemplifies this year’s theme of “empower parents, enable breastfeeding.” Vote for your favorite breastfeeding champion by emailing [email protected].

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