Coastal Health District celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – It’s World Breastfeeding Week and the Coastal Health District held their annual celebration on Saturday.

The Coastal Health District’s Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program returned to Forsyth Park to host the event for the first time in two years.

World Breastfeeding Week is held every year in the first week of August in more than 170 countries. The focus of the activity is to educate and empower mothers and show them that they have the support of the community.

New mom Nicole Beck says she wants other moms to know that breastfeeding is completely normal and they should never feel uncomfortable caring for their baby. She says it’s also important for mothers to look out for each other.

“There’s a lot of pressure on moms and, you know, how to feed your baby and I’m so relieved that I was able to provide for him and I’m actually able to provide for my best friend and give him her,” said Nicole Beck, a new mother.

Mother-of-four Brittney Green says getting support from others is essential for mothers because breastfeeding can be challenging.

“The support of family or friends, reaching out to anyone you know who has done it,” said Brittney Green, a mother of four.

Breastfeeding coordinator for the Coastal Health District, Yolanda Jenkins says breastfeeding has many benefits, so she encourages all moms to give it a try. Jenkins says if it’s not for you, don’t be discouraged. Help is always available through programs like WIC.

“Babies who receive their mother’s milk have a reduced risk of common diseases because of the immunity in the mother’s milk. They have a reduced risk of childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, they have fewer colds and fewer food allergies when they’re younger,” said Yolanda Jenkins with the Coastal Health District.

Those who came out also participated in a walk around Forsyth. Organizers say the event will be held again next year.

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