August 1st through August 7th was National Breastfeeding Week.
On August 2, we had our “Baby Shower” for WIC moms-to-be. We invited all pregnant women, dads, and grandmothers who wanted to attend. Our goal was to educate all family members on the tremendous benefits of breastfeeding. Family members along with our WIC peer and CLC’s can be a great support system and help new mom’s continue to breastfeed through any issues that may arise.
Nearly 100 people attended this year’s shower, which is the largest group we have had through the years. (we actually ran out of space for people to sit) We had 10-12 new dads attend the shower which is again the largest group of dad’s we have ever had. (we encourage dad’s to attend WIC counseling) Even 10 grandmother’s attended. This year’s turnout was due to the increased effort, education, and interest we have had in raising awareness about breastfeeding benefits for our younger population.
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, and we are now starting to see the tide turn in favor of breastfeeding across the country after decades of breastfeeding education and awareness events.