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Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 | Florida Department of Health in Pasco

PASCO COUNTY, Florida.The West Central Florida County Health Departments and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 (BBW22) starting August 2531. This year’s theme is Black Breastfeeding Week 2022: 10 Years, A New Foundation.

To learn more about why BBW22 recognition is necessary, visit: Top 5 Reasons We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week « Black Breastfeeding Week. You will learn about the high rates of black infant mortality, the lack of diversity in breastfeeding, as well as cultural barriers among black women.

West Central Florida County Health Departments are observing BBW22 by participating in the following events:


  • Thursday August 25e 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hernando WIC celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week and the end of World Breastfeeding Month with breastfeeding stories, a baby and me photo shoot, plus treats and giveaways specials provided by the local Florida West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force. Everyone is welcome, it’s open to the public.
  • One free of charge Baby and Me Breastfeeding Support Grouptakes place every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Open to the public and facilitated by certified lactation professionals, including an International Board-certified lactation consultant. This is held at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, Florida. Training is also provided in other areas such as car seat safety, fitting the pump bridle, basics of infant CPR, safe sleeping, babywearing, cloth diapers and swimming safety.
  • A free infant feeding line is available for families to call with questions about breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. For more information, call 352-540-6924.
  • Free breastfeeding and breastfeeding classes every Tuesday and Wednesday. 11h00-12h30. 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd Spring Hill FL 34606 352-540-6924.
  • Free safe sleep classes and a portable crib are provided by appointment at Hernando WIC, call to schedule at 352-540-6924.


  • Manatee County is offering additional breastfeeding information at the main WIC clinic throughout August, in addition to the normal breastfeeding education, counseling and support.

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  • A celebration for Black Breastfeeding Week will be held on Tuesday, August 30e 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Regency Branch Library, 9701 Little Rd, New Port Richey, FL.
  • WIC also offers free breastfeeding classes at WIC clinics in Pasco County. For an appointment or more information about breastfeeding class or infant feeding, call 813-364-5818.


  • Pinellas WIC Breastfeeding’s first in person group in 2 years, 2n/a floor, meeting room 109-11-1 Friday, August 26ecelebrating the breastfeeding of black mothers.

The Breastfeeding Black Week 2022 (BBW22) theme encourages everyone to support and uplift each other. The new foundation of lactation support is built on racial equity, cultural empowerment and community engagement.

  • Improving the economy and reducing inequalities. Breastfeeding can help break the cycle of poverty for families, which impacts hunger and malnutrition. Breastfeeding provides an equal start for everyone. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is an inexpensive way to feed babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding can also reduce costs for the health care system and employers by decreasing hospitalization costs, medication costs and reducing absenteeism.
  • Lowers black infant mortality rates. The high infant mortality rate among black infants is mainly due to them being born too small, too sick or too early.According to the CDC, increasing breastfeeding among black women could reduce infant mortality rates by up to 50%. Fewer non-Hispanic black infants (74.1%) are breastfed compared to Asian infants (90.8%), non-Hispanic white infants (85.3%) and Hispanic infants (83.0%).3

After: Facts | Breastfeeding | CDC

  • Good health and prevents malnutrition, including under and overnutrition. Breastfeeding has positive effects on the health of infants, children and mothers throughout life, such as a lower incidence of respiratory infections and ear infections in infants and children and a reduction risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of overweight and obesity in children compared to formula feeding.
  • Food security even in times of crisis. Breastfeeding provides food security for infants early in life, contributes to food security for the whole family, and ensures food security for babies even in times of domestic or widespread disasters, such as hurricanes.
  • A positive impact on the health of the planet in several ways:
    • Breast milk is a sustainable and environmentally friendly resource.
    • Breastfeeding is readily available without the need for other supplies.
    • The production of breast milk does not require the use of energy for manufacturing and does not create waste or air pollution.

To protect breastfeeding:

  • Promote the implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • Provide access to qualified breastfeeding advice. Studies have shown that breastfeeding promotion interventions increase exclusive breastfeeding rates at 4-6 weeks and 6 months.
  • Encourage employers and communities to promote and protect breastfeeding, by posting “Welcome to Breastfeeding Here” signs and providing private spaces for breastfeeding if that is the preference of a breastfeeding family .

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for infants up to two years of age, with the addition of appropriate complementary foods when the infant is developmentally ready, around the age of 6 months.

To learn more about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit For more information about the Florida WIC program, call 1-800-342-3556 or visit To learn more about breastfeeding initiatives in Florida, visit, or the West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force To view the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card visit, Breastfeeding Newsletter | Breastfeeding | CDC and to learn more about breastfeeding data, visit HERE.

For more information or questions, please contact your county health department.


(352) 527-0068


(941) 748-0747


(863) 773-4161


(727) 619-0300


(352) 540-6800


(727) 824-6900


(863) 386-6040

DOH Polk

(863) 519-7900


(813) 307-8000


(941) 861-2900

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