August is National Breastfeeding Month
Although nearly 80 percent of Fayette County mothers start out breastfeeding, it takes the help and loving support of family, friends and the larger community to keep them going, and to be successful. That’s why the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFHCD) is celebrating breastfeeding mothers and their supporters during August, as part of National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM13).
Click thru to learn more about events happening in Lexington and Central Kentucky during August, including two events LFCHD will be participating in this Saturday, Aug. 3.
“Mothers have heard that ‘breast is best’ for their babies,” says International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Doraine Bailey, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. “However, some don’t have family or friends with any breastfeeding experience that they can turn to when they have questions or challenges; they may be the first mothers for a couple of generations who want to breastfeed. Even with family encouragement, mothers may face roadblocks from their employers, childcare providers or the community at large when they work hard to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months.”
The health department, along with breastfeeding advocates and IBCLCs throughout Central Kentucky, are working together to make breastfeeding easier for everyone. “We want mothers and families to have many opportunities to learn about breastfeeding and to connect with other mothers in the community so they feel empowered,” says Bailey. These opportunities include prenatal breastfeeding classes; inpatient help in getting started; outpatient lactation clinics in hospitals; mother-to-mother support groups; telephone help lines for breastfeeding questions; home visits by an IBCLC. Family members are also encouraged to participate in these services so that they can learn alongside the mother.
A month of activities celebrating and supporting breastfeeding kicks off 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, with The Big Latch On at Baby Moon, 2891 Richmond Road, and a Breastfeeding Expo, noon-3 p.m., at Babies R Us at Hamburg Pavilion. To view a listing of other events throughout Central Kentucky during August, visit www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org.
You can help us spread the word about breastfeeding support events and area services by following LFCHD on Facebook and Twitter. Just share and/or re-tweet our posts and messages anytime you see them!
For additional information about breastfeeding and area support services, you can also contact Doraine Bailey at ext. 2348.
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