Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Pinellas counties will recognize the outreach event.
PASCO COUNTY, Florida – This year Black Breastfeeding Week in the West Central Florida region begins August 25.
Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Pinellas County Health Departments will celebrate the event through photo shoots, trivia and free breastfeeding classes.
Black Breastfeeding Week has been raising awareness of a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates for more than 40 years, and here are five reasons why it’s important to celebrate the event.
High infant mortality rate
According to Black Breastfeeding Week, black babies die twice as fast as white babies and in some places almost triple. The reason is mainly due to the fact that babies are born disproportionately too small, sick or premature; and for babies to survive, they need the nutritional benefits and immunities of breast milk, according to the advocacy organization’s website. In addition, increasing breastfeeding among black women could reduce infant mortality rates by nearly 50%, according to the CDC.
High rates of diet-related illnesses
Breast milk helps reduce the risk of health problems in African American children, such as upper respiratory tract infections, type 2 diabetes, asthma, sudden infant death syndrome and childhood obesity , said Black Breastfeeding Week on its website.
Lack of diversity in the lactation field
The lack of diversity in breastfeeding advocacy can lead to a common misconception that black women don’t breastfeed, the advocacy organization said. It can also lead to breastfeeding professionals not being culturally competent, sensitive, or relevant in their professional interactions with African American mothers.
Reduced inequalities and improved economy
Breastfeeding can help break the cycle of poverty for minority families because there is no additional burden on household incomes, Florida’s Pasco County Health Department said in a statement. hurry. It can also reduce costs for the health system and employers by lowering the cost of hospitalizations and medicines, and it reduces absenteeism.
Food in times of crisis
For families struggling to provide food for children, breastfeeding can provide that food source to infants early in life. It can also serve as a crucial food source during widespread disasters, such as hurricanes, says FDOH Pasco County.
Black Breastfeeding Week begins on August 25 and ends on August 31.
Below are the events held in different counties with their information according to FDOH Pasco County.
- The Hernando County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Clinic for Women, Infants and Children will celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week and the end of World Breastfeeding Month with breastfeeding stories, a baby and me photo shoot, special treats and gifts provided by the local Florida West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force. The event is open to the public and will take place Thursday, August 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at 7551 Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill. For more information, call 352-540-6800.
• The Baby & Me Breastfeeding Support Group is held every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The support group is open to the public, free and led by certified lactation professionals, including a certified lactation consultant by the International Board. The event will take place at 7551 Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill. Training is also provided in other areas such as car seat safety, fitting the pump flange, basics of CPR for infants, safe sleep, baby carrying, cloth diapers and swimming safety. For more information, call 352-540-6800.
• A free infant feeding hotline is available for families to call with questions about breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. For more information, call 352-540-6924.
• Free infant feeding and breastfeeding classes will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at 7551 Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill. For more information, call 352-540-6924.
• Manatee County began offering additional breastfeeding information at its main Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program clinic on August 1 at 212 6th Avenue East in Bradenton. The clinic also offers normal breastfeeding education, counseling and support. For more information, call 941-741-3400.
• A Black Breastfeeding Week celebration will be held on Tuesday, August 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Regency Branch Library at 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. For more information, call 727-861-3049.
• The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children of Pasco County also offers free breastfeeding classes. For an appointment or more information about the breastfeeding class or infant feeding, call 813-364-5818.
• The Pinellas County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will be held at 6350 76th Avenue North in Pinellas Park to celebrate breastfeeding for Black mothers. For more information, call 727-547-7780.