August is National Breastfeeding Month
The health department’s Breastfeeding Support Services Team from left to right: Doraine Bailey, MA, IBCLC; Nkeshia Coleman, CLC; Cristina Hiten, CLC; and Terri Phelps, RD, CLC, IBCLC.
August is National Breastfeeding Month.
World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7 and helps kick off National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) to emphasize the importance of providing support for breastfeeding families. The message not only extends to mothers but also to fathers, family members, friends, employers and other key individuals who can play a role in the effort to build a supportive network for breastfeeding mothers.
To kick off the month, Doraine Bailey joined a member of the La Leche League of Greater Lexington to appear on WTVQ to emphasize the efforts both organizations make in order to support expecting and new mothers. Bailey also helped promote the Big Latch On event, a challenge to get as many children as possible simultaneously breastfeeding at the same time across the same geographic area. This challenge will be held in Lexington at Mother Nurture Aug. 4, and is one of 590 sites in 23 countries participating.
The health department is also engaging in the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s (USBC) social media campaign via LFCHD’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The USBC’s “20 Actions in 20 Days” campaign encourages everyone to engage in conversations across social media platforms throughout the month of August so that everyone can help make breastfeeding easier.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Breastfeeding Support Services Team works year-round to highlight the importance of supporting expectant mothers in learning the facts about breastfeeding while they’re pregnant. That support then needs to continue during birth and the hospital stay, as well as once the mother and baby have come home. The team offers prenatal breastfeeding classes, telephone support, and referrals to other lactation professionals.
The health department’s Breastfeeding Support Services Team is made up of Doraine Bailey, MA, IBCLC; Nkeshia Coleman, CLC; Cristina Hiten, CLC; and Terri Phelps, RD, CLC, IBCLC. Two of its members, Nkeshia Coleman and Cristina Hiten, just recently passed their Certified Lactation Counselor exam.