EVERETT, Wash. – Being a new mom is a big adjustment – there’s a new, demanding human in your life 24/7. All the new chores and expenses and health worries can take away from the joys of motherhood. Everyone needs support and resources.
Pregnant women and mothers of young children are invited to a Mother’s Day Tea from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 9 at the Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett.
The event is hosted by the staff of the Health District’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, First Steps, and Children with Special Health Care Needs programs. Other resources on hand include a variety of low-cost medical and dental providers, domestic violence services, La Leche League, Volunteers of America, Clothes for Kids and more.
Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided, and there will be a play space for children.
The WIC nutrition program serves almost half of all children born in Washington state, and about 7,000 moms and children under age 5 are Snohomish Health District WIC clients. Most clients come from working families who appreciate the support for breastfeeding, infant health, and monthly food checks worth $50-$100.
“What you feed your baby is important,” explains Snohomish Health District WIC certifier Xochitl Reyes. In addition to helping low-income families sign-up for WIC, Reyes is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “Breastfeeding is important. It’s not only about food, but about the whole development of the baby, and the health of the mom, too,” she said.
- Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
- Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.
- Mothers who breastfeed are more likely to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy, and less likely to get some cancers.
Breastfeeding has many benefits, but like other aspects of motherhood, it doesn’t always come easy. Attend the Mother’s Day Tea on May 9 to learn about local resources and meet other new moms.
The Snohomish Health District offers WIC, First Steps and immunization services at clinics in Everett and Lynnwood. For more information, call 425.252.5303 for the Everett WIC clinic or 425.258.8400 for the Lynnwood WIC clinic. You can also call the Family Support Hotline at 800.322.2588.
Incorporated in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.