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The benefits of breastfeeding are celebrated during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 to 7, and this year’s theme focuses on the importance of community support for mothers. While many moms nurse during the early months, continuing to breastfeed for six months or up to a year (as is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics) can be difficult without a network of support. Family members, employers, and professionals like lactation consultants in the community can do things to help women breastfeed effectively.
Breast milk has all the nutrients baby needs and helps the body to develop a strong immune system, thus enabling your child to get a healthy start in life.
Locally, there are several events taking place during the week (see our story on page 31 for complete details), including The Big Latch On Memphis, which takes place at Pump It Up Bartlett on Saturday, August 3, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This national event aims to set a world record for the number of babies nursing at the same time. Moms who attend will receive breastfeeding information, meet other moms, and receive great giveaway prizes.
To learn more, go to biglatchonmemphis.com or click on their Facebook page. To learn what you can do to support nursing moms, go to worldbreastfeedingweek.org.