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Board of Health promotes breastfeeding

The Clayton County Board of Health will continue hosting several activities today and Friday, in recognition of Breastfeeding Awareness week.

As part of the observance, CCBOH staff will educate the community about the positive effects that breastfeeding can have on a child’s early development. The week-long observance is being commemorated, this year, May 14-18.

Today will feature a “Breastfeeding 101” class at the Clayton County Board of Health from 10-11 a.m., located at 1117 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. On Friday, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., there will be an all-day community breastfeeding outreach, that will take place in the Clayton County Board of Health’s lobby.

According to the March of Dimes, breast milk is the best food for most babies. It contains all the nutrients a baby needs for healthy growth and development during the first six months of life. Breast milk provides the ideal amounts of protein, sugar, fat and most vitamins a baby needs for healthy growth and development. In addition, breast milk contains antibodies that help protect a baby from illnesses.

According to some studies, babies who are breast-fed are less likely to develop ear infections, lower-respiratory infections (such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis), meningitis, urinary tract infections and diarrhea, than formula-fed babies. Studies also indicate that breastfed babies may be less likely than formula-fed babies to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding provides health benefits for the mother, including an earlier return to her pre-pregnancy weight.

For more information about Clayton County’s Breastfeeding Awareness Week, contact Cheryl Riley at (678) 610-7343 or Twanna Nelson at (678) 610-7298, or visit www.claytoncountypublichealth.org.