SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Pregnant and parenting families are invited to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month at a free Breastfeeding Tea from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, in the auditorium at Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, 98201. The event, hosted by the Health District’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program, will feature resource tables, activities for children, light refreshments, and prizes.
“Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, but can be challenging for many women,” said Judy Ward, WIC program manager. “We want moms to know that they are not alone in facing those challenges, and to understand the many unique benefits of breastfeeding.” The WIC program encourages breastfeeding, and offers counseling, peer support, and education to breastfeeding mothers and moms-to-be.
The spectrum of information available at the tea will include safe sleeping, immunizations, prenatal and post partum health, nutrition, risk reduction and child safety, and tips from breastfeeding peer counselors and lactation consultants. Community partners include:
- Snohomish County Breastfeeding Coalition
- Washington State University Extension
- Providence Mother’s Milk Depot
- Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society
- Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Initiative (SUIDI)/Safe Sleep
For more information about the Health District’s WIC program, visit www.snohd.org/Shd_CH/Wic.aspx or call our clinics at 425.252.5303 (Everett) or 425.258.8400 (Lynnwood). WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. You are WIC-eligible if you live in Washington state, and are pregnant, a new mother, or a child under five years of age, and meet the income guidelines, and have a medical or nutrition need.
The Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County. Its programs and services are devoted to creating a healthier and safer community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Learn more about the work of the Health District at www.snohd.org.
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Health benefits of breastfeeding from the U.S. Surgeon General’s call to action:
- Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.
- Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.
- Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian