2011-10-05 / News

Community Baby Shower

Gifts, education for pregnant, breastfeeding mothers
From Staff Reports

The Burke County Breastfeeding Coalition is planning Pickles and Ice Cream in the Park, a community baby shower to support pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The event is scheduled on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burke County Office Park on West Sixth Street.

The event will offer education on a variety of topics as well as activities and entertainment for families.

Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will be offered free pickles and ice cream, and cake will be served to guests. Drawings for baby shower gifts will also be held throughout the morning. According to coalition members, entire communities benefit when more mothers choose to breastfeed their children because of the considerable health benefits. A report released in the journal Pediatrics last spring estimated that 900 infant lives and $13 billion could be saved if 90 percent of U.S. women breastfed their children for six months. Though 75 percent of mothers across the nation initiate breastfeeding at birth, only 13 percent still exclusively breastfeed after six months. This significant decrease in the continuation of breastfeeding points to a lack of support for breastfeeding mothers.

The Burke Breastfeeding Coalition is a chapter of the CSRA Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc., a non-profit organization which aims to promote, support and protect breastfeeding mothers.

Organizations offering information or services to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and their families are invited to partner with the Burke County Breastfeeding Coalition by providing exhibits of their products or services, or gifts that can be used as Baby Shower Gifts. For more information, contact Deana Keefer at 706- 466- 0604 or Donna Wilson at 706-667-4705 or dmwilson@dhr.state.ga.us.

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