|CGBI hosts educational event at farmers market to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week|
|August 01, 2013|
The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) will celebrate the 21st annual World Breastfeeding Week www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org with events at the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Farmers Market at University Mall, on Saturday, Aug. 3, beginning at 10 a.m.
The Institute, based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's Department of Maternal and Child Health, is collaborating with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition to promote the theme of this year's Breastfeeding Week - peer support for mothers to initiate and sustain breastfeeding for their infants.
The annual celebration, held around the world during the first week of August, was begun by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 1992. This year, more than 174 countries will take part in events to support breastfeeding practices.
"Every community worldwide joins together this week to remind ourselves how important it is to care for the next generation," said Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, CGBI director and WABA co-chair. "Women are trying to be the best mothers they can be; the support of other women, their families and their communities are vital for this best start on life."
The Chapel Hill Farmers Market at University Mall is open from 8 a.m. until noon. As part of a campaign to increase the community's comfort level with breastfeeding in public, the event will feature life-sized photograph cutouts of women breastfeeding at various locations at the farmers market. Representatives from CGBI and WABA will be on hand to provide educational information about breastfeeding, including about laws that protect women's right to breastfeed in public in North Carolina.
For more information about the event or the advantages of breastfeeding, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 966-3774.
|Last updated August 01, 2013|