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Task Force to present breastfeeding education

Task Force to present breastfeeding education

Posted: Friday, July 2, 2010 1:49 pm

A breastfeeding educational and support fair, sponsored by the breastfeeding support fund, a West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation fund), will take place Aug. 7. T
his event will take place at Highland Park, 617 W. Forest Ave, across from the Jackson Clinic, from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Fair admission will be two dollars at the entrance. Other sponsors include Women’s Journal, Baby Time, and Brandy Kemp Photography.
Dr. Kim Howerton will be speaking on the subject of “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”
The purpose will be for the promotion and support of breastfeeding through out West Tennessee. Interested health care staff  are also welcome to attend.
There will be educational and support booths regarding the importance of feeding within one hour of delivery, breastfeeding preterm/late term babies, breast pump information, nursing bra fitting station, nutrition, and several others.
Lactation consultants/counselors will also be available for questions and answers.
Health care facilities play a vital role in the establishment of breastfeeding.
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding provide a supportive pathway enabling women to achieve their breastfeeding intentions and guiding the training of healthcare workers in breastfeeding support.
This year commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Innocent Declaration that called for implementation of the Ten Steps in all maternity facilities.
During these twenty years, more than 20,000 maternities, or about 28 percent of all maternities in the world, have fully implemented the Ten Steps and have been certified by the Baby friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2010. Several of the objectives of the week are to increase attention to the contribution of the Ten Steps to exclusive breastfeeding, to revitalize activities within health systems, and among healthcare providers and communities to support women to achieve their breastfeeding intentions, to inform people everywhere that protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is a mother’s right, a child’s right, and a human right, to enable women and all who care about human rights to fight for health care systems which support breastfeeding.
For more information call 731-541-6448.  wcp 6-29-10

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