Breastfeeding Awareness Walk Set for Aug. 4 in Miami

To promote the health benefits of breastfeeding, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and Healthy Start Coalition of Miami Dade will hold a breastfeeding awareness walk next month.

breastfeeding 2015The event is scheduled for Aug. 4 at Tropical Park Stadium, 7900 Bird Road in Miami. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Activities start an hour later. The Big Latch On will occur at 10 a.m.

Participants at the event will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and relevant topics regarding health, nutrition, wellness, safety, advocacy and much more.

Activity booths will be available for children, with airbrush tattoos and balloon artists, face painting, free books, water slides, story time and a kids’ fun tent. Free t-shirts for attendees will be available while supplies last.

LATCH ON

The Big Latch On is a global initiative that raises awareness of breastfeeding, encourages the formation of support networks between breastfeeding persons, and aims to normalize breastfeeding as a part of daily life.

The day’s event is being held as part of National Breastfeeding Month. This year's theme –“Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life” - focuses on breastfeeding as the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. The goal of The Big Latch On will be to have more than 200 mothers nursing simultaneously.

To register, visit https://7thannualbfwalk.eventbrite.com.

Local WIC agencies offer resources and staff to help breastfeeding mothers. For more information about the Florida WIC program, call 1-800-342-3556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org.

To learn more about “National Breastfeeding Month” and the benefits of breastfeeding visit www.usbreastfeeding.org, www.llli.org or www.flbreastfeeding.org.

 

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