Breastfeeding seminars

Louisville Health Department Encourages Breastfeeding, Holds Free Classes | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department is offering breastfeeding training as part of National Breastfeeding Month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports breastfed infants are at reduced risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, severe lower respiratory disease, ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome and gastrointestinal infections. The CDC also reports that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.

“Breastfeeding provides lifelong benefits to mother and child, including creating a closer bond between the two,” said Rebekah Scroggy, lactation program manager and regional breastfeeding coordinator at the Department of health, in a press release. “I breastfed my son until he was almost 2 1/2 and am currently breastfeeding my 9 month old daughter. Although there have been challenges, both journeys have allowed me to slow down and spending time with my little ones.”

The Department of Health offers peer-to-peer breastfeeding counseling courses that are open to the public.

To see when the next free events are offered, Click here.

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