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DOH-Pasco and WIC recognize World Breastfeeding Week

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2021 from August 1-7, 2021. The theme for this year is Protecting Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.

DOH-Pasco observes World Breastfeeding Week by participating in the West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force’s Big Latch On, a drive-in and tailgate event on Saturday, August 7 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. This event will take place at DOH-Hernando located at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. at Spring Hill.

Plus, DOH Pasco is participating in a free breastfeeding photo shoot and celebration.

for Black Breastfeeding Week on Saturday, August 21 at Sprigs Studio located in Ybor City. The address is 1701 N. 14and St. in Tampa. Appointments start at 3:15 p.m.

The World Breastfeeding Week 2021 theme encourages everyone to support breastfeeding mothers, babies and their families by creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding. Protecting breastfeeding ensures:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 rates of exclusive breastfeeding and all breastfeeding 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 for the first year of life and beyond, with the addition of appropriate complementary foods when the infant is developmentally ready, around age of 6 months.

For more information on the Florida WIC program, call
1-800-342-3556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org. To learn more about breastfeeding initiatives in Florida, visit www.flbreastfeeding.org.