MORGANTOWN – In June 2014, West Virginia's Legislation passed a law affirming a mother's right to breastfeed in public.
This natural act still causes discomfort and breastfeeding mothers are still being asked to leave some facilities so that others are guests
The WIC program of the Ministry of Health of the Province of Monongalia wants to change this with the help of others.
To elucidate the public and make expectant and nursing mothers more confident, the 11th Annual Still-Awareness Walk will be held from 17 to 19h Wednesday, August 1, at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center
According to a press release from the County Health Office, the walk is presented by the Ministry of Health's Women, Toddlers and Children's Program and the Monongalia County Breastfeeding Task Force. Sponsors include Mon Health Medical Center, WVU Medicine Children's and Cardinal Pediatrics.
The doors open at 1
WIC has lactation consultants to help expectant and new mothers WIC clients learn more about breastfeeding, said Lynne Ryan, breastfeeding coordinator, in press release
In 1991, less than 20 percent of WIC mothers in Mon County tried to breastfeed. Since the extension of the breast-feeding program and the addition of lactation consultants, this number has "continued to rise to 54 percent," Ryan said.
The Stilling Awareness Walk takes place in conjunction with August's National Breastfeeding Month (usbreastfeeding.org) and World Stilling Week (worldbreastfeedingweek.org), which takes place this year from 1 to 7 August
This year's theme for The World Breastfeeding Week is the foundation of life.
Breastfeeding not only helps infants by providing food and helps the immune system cultivate a healthier gut, but it's also good for the mothers, Ryan said.
"Breastfeeding helps normalize the weight of a new mother, and the condition of lactation releases hormones that relax, which helps her body readjust to a pregnancy after going through a pregnancy," she noted.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends breastfeeding because breast milk contains antibodies that can help the baby resist cuddly and viral infections, breast milk contributes to proper weight gain, and has been reported to have higher IQ levels in the UK later childhood.
MCHD WIC lactation consultants provide advice and advice for new mothers who not only include how to make the baby cling to mom's chest, but also how to be comfortable in public.
"It's a learned ability to cultivate in public," Ryan said. "The more self-confident a woman becomes, the fewer people will notice her."
MCHD WIC, which includes the districts of Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Harrison, Doddridge and Taylor, also holds nursing classes that are open to the public. In Monongalia County, these courses take place at 4pm. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month and on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am at the WIC site on 1000 Elmer Prince Drive in Morgantown
The Stilling Awareness Walk is also open to the public. Raffle prizes include a car seat, a jogging stroller, Pack & Play.
There is plenty of free on-site parking.