Clark County Combined Health District WIC Program Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Clark County Combined Health District WIC Program Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Springfield, Ohio - August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ohio. For this year’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the Clark County Combined Health District’s WIC program is adopting the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) theme: Breastfeeding, Foundation of Life. The CCCHD WIC program is holding their annual breastfeeding awareness event for WIC participants on August 28th, 2018 at 2685 East High Street from 1:00-3:00pm. The event will feature giveaways, food and family fun.
Research suggests that breastfeeding is a key modifiable factor for disease for both mothers and infants.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Ohio’s 2018 breastfeeding initiation rate is 81.9% but for the WIC participants in Clark County, the initiation rate is only 53.9%. 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding with the addition of appropriate solid food for the first year and beyond. 
“Breastfeeding ensures that babies are getting the best source of nutrition”, said the CCCHD WIC Director, Emily Hawke. “Breastfeeding not only saves lives through preventing malnutrition, it also saves money. It ensures food security and helps break the cycle of poverty by decreasing the burden on household income.”
The CCCHD WIC program offers support for breastfeeding families by: holding classes for expectant mothers and their partners, offering free breast pump rentals and encouraging lactation specialist consultations for breastfeeding mothers with problems and/or concerns.
One of the most important things businesses and the community can do is to allow mothers to feel comfortable nursing in public. Hungry babies need to eat and Ohio law (Section 3781.55 of the Ohio Revised Code) allows breastfeeding in public. Businesses can show their support by placing the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” universal sign for breastfeeding in their windows and educate their staffs on the acceptance of breastfeeding in their establishments. These stickers can be picked up at the CCCHD WIC office.
Visit our website at www.ccchd.com or follow the Clark County WIC and Breastfeeding Support Facebook page for more information.