Breastfeeding taskforce

Local parents learn the benefits of breastfeeding

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Parents eager to learn more about breastfeeding attended an educational event at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County on Saturday morning.

“It’s about educating our mothers,” said Sandy McCroan, certified lactation consultant. “As you saw earlier, Dr. Davis was here. She was talking about child safety, infant safety and support. Here we are introducing moms to other moms so they can have that support system.

Breastfeed Bay, the Bay County Breastfeeding Task Force, hosted the event in honor of WIC National Breastfeeding Week.

It’s a campaign to educate parents on the importance of breastfeeding.

“You realize the importance not only for safety, for the health benefits of breastfeeding, but also in situations where we have formula shortages, or there is no clean water , breastfeeding is easy,” McCroan said.

The event also aims to bring mothers together and reduce the stigma that can be attached to breastfeeding in public.

“Don’t be embarrassed,” mom Destiny Shay said. “I know with my first I was shy to breastfeed in public and always tried to cover up, but honestly it’s a natural thing. You do it and it’s a good bonding experience with your baby.

However, if a mother cannot breastfeed, there are other options.

“For these moms, there are other things they can do,” McCroan said. “Skin to skin, you obviously have no choice but to use formula or if you are able to get donor milk from a reputable donor.”

Parents also learned about car safety, water safety, gun safety, and more.

Mothers can learn more about breastfeeding by calling WIC’s 24/7 helpline at 850-747-5775.

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