Coastal Health District Media Advisory
World Breastfeeding Week Event Scheduled for August 3
WHO:Coastal Health District Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program
WHAT: World Breastfeeding Week celebration which will include a walk for breastfeeding awareness, photo booth, the 10th annual Big Latch On, and information on the benefits of breastfeeding. The event is free and family-friendly.
WHEN:9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 3
WHERE: Forsyth Park Farmers Market, Savannah
* Free t-shirts (while supplies last) will be given to all participants. To receive a free t-shirt, you must register at www.gachd.org/bf.
WHY:World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated during the first week in August every year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.This year’s theme is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.” According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) , the theme was chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents in today’s world. Focusing on supporting both parents to be empowered is vital in order to realize their breastfeeding goals.
The Coastal Health District is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health. Breast milk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby's growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.