Florida Department of Health in Lee County Highlights World Breastfeeding Week
July 26, 2018
Florida Department of Health in Lee County
Fort Myers, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Lee County recognizes August 1 - 7 as World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an annual observance promoting the benefits of human milk for children and the benefits mothers receive from breastfeeding their children. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) celebrates WBW by increasing awareness that breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises.
This year, WIC clients and their guests will have an opportunity to listen to guest speakers promote breastfeeding. They will also be able to learn about our community partners.
On August 2, 10:30 am, pediatrician Dr. Arnaldo De La Vega will speak at the Spanish breastfeeding class. August 9, 12:00 noon, pediatrician Dr. Luke McKenna will speak at the English breastfeeding class. The following community organizations will also be available with valuable information for program participants: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program; DOH-Lee Health Promotions; Abuse, Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT); Early Steps; and the Department of Children and Families. These events take place at the department’s North Fort Myers WIC office located at 83 Pondella Road. Please call 239-332-9615 for more information.
Another event celebrating WBW 2018 is “The Big Latch On” hosted by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Lee County and Lee Health on Friday, August 3, at several locations throughout Lee County including:
- Centennial Park (picnic area) - 2000 West First Street in downtown Ft. Myers; Breastfeeding Coalition of Lee County
- Healthy Life Center-Cape Coral Gymnasium - 609 SE 13th Court, Cape Coral;
239-424-3210; Lee Health - Healthy Life Center
The Big Latch On encourages people to gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, creating a lasting support network for the community.
About the Florida Department of Health
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