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Florida Health Promotes Breastfeeding

By Noelda Lopez

August 31, 2016

FLORIDA HEALTH PROMOTES BREASTFEEDING DURING WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH 

Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is highlighting the importance of breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding plays a critical role in healthy development from the very beginning of a child’s life.
 
Earlier this year, the department launched the Florida Healthy Babies initiative and has invested nearly two million dollars in helping hospitals around the state promote “Baby Steps to Baby Friendly” in order to support mothers in practicing exclusive breastfeeding for their infants. Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses. 
 
Lake County WIC was pleased to help promote the benefits of breastfeeding, during World Breastfeeding Week, at two separate events hosted by Leesburg Regional Medical Center and South Lake Hospital.
 
“We are also very excited to move into our second year with our local health partners as the Lake County Breastfeeding Task Force” said Jennifer Bacon, Certified Lactation Counselor, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Florida Department of Health in Lake County.
 
To reach the goal of exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months, mothers need supportive maternity leave policies, flexible work hours, infant and child-care at or near the workplace, and private facilities for expressing and storing breastmilk. It takes time and practice to learn how to breastfeed, both for mother and baby, and to establish a good milk supply.
 
For more information about the Florida WIC program call 1-800-342-3556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding visit www.llli.org; or www.flbreastfeeding.org.
 
For more information about Baby Steps to Baby Friendly visit the Florida Healthiest Weight website.  
 
For resources on breastfeeding and print outs for working moms, visit our activity page here.

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