Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 | Florida Department of Health in Pasco

PASCO COUNTY, FLWest Central Florida County Health Departments and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 (BBW22) on August 2531. This year’s theme is Black Breastfeeding Week 2022: 10 Years, New Ground.

For more on why we need to recognize BBW22, visit: Top Five Reasons We Need Black Breastfeeding Week « Black Breastfeeding Week. There you will read about the high rates of black infant mortality, the lack of diversity in breastfeeding, along with cultural barriers among black women.

West Central Florida County Health Departments are observing BBW22 by participating in the following events:

Hernando:

  • Thursday, August 25th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm Hernando WIC celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week and the end of World Breastfeeding Month with breastfeeding trivia, a Baby & Me photo shoot and special treats and giveaways provided by the local Breastfeeding Task Force on the West Coast of Florida. All are welcome to attend, it is open to the public.
  • No cost Baby & Me breastfeeding support grouptakes place every Thursday from 19:00-20:30. Open to the public and facilitated by certified lactation professionals, including an International Certified Lactation Consultant. This is held at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, FL. Training is also provided in other areas such as car seat safety, pump flange installation, infant CPR basics, safe sleep, babywearing, cloth diapering and swimming safety.
  • A toll-free baby feeding line is available for families to call with questions about breastfeeding and bottle feeding. For more information, call 352-540-6924.
  • Free baby feeding and breastfeeding classes every Tuesday and Wednesday. 11am-12:30pm 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd Spring Hill FL 34606 352-540-6924.
  • Free safe sleep classes and portable crib provided by appointment at Hernando WIC, call to schedule an appointment at 352-540-6924.

Manatee:

  • Manatee County is offering additional breastfeeding information at the main WIC clinic throughout the month of August in addition to normal breastfeeding education, counseling and support.

Pasco:

  • A celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week will be held on Tuesday, August 30thth 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the Regency Branch Library, 9701 Little Rd, New Port Richey, FL.
  • WIC also offers free breastfeeding classes at WIC Clinics throughout Pasco County. For an appointment or more information about a breastfeeding or infant feeding class, call 813-364-5818.

Pinellas:

  • Pinellas WIC’s first in-person breastfeeding group in 2 years, 2n.d floor, meeting room 109-11-1 on August 26, Fridaythcelebrating black mothers breastfeeding.

The theme of Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 (BBW22) encourages everyone to support and inspire one another. The new foundation of breastfeeding support is built on racial equity, cultural empowerment and community engagement.

  • Improved economy and reduced inequalities. Breastfeeding can help break the cycle of poverty for families, which impacts hunger and malnutrition. Breastfeeding provides an equal start for everyone. With no additional burden on household incomes, breastfeeding is a low-cost way to feed babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding can also reduce costs to the health care system and employers through reduced costs of hospitalizations, medications, and reduced absenteeism.
  • Reduces black infant mortality rates. High infant mortality among black babies is mostly due to them being born too small, too sick, or too early.According to the CDC, increased breastfeeding among black women can reduce infant mortality by up to 50%. Fewer non-Hispanic black infants (74.1%) had ever been breastfed compared to Asian infants (90.8%), non-Hispanic white infants (85.3%), and Hispanic infants (83.0%).3

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  • Good health and prevents malnutrition, including under- and over-nutrition. Breastfeeding has positive effects on the lifelong health of infants, children and mothers, such as a lower incidence of respiratory and ear infections in infants and children and a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of childhood overweight and obesity compared to formula feeding.
  • Food security even in times of crisis. Breastfeeding ensures food security for babies from the beginning of life, contributes to food security for the whole family, and ensures food security for babies even during domestic or widespread disasters such as hurricanes.
  • Positive impact on the health of the planet in several ways:
    • Breast milk is a sustainable and environmentally friendly resource.
    • Breastfeeding is easily accessible with no other supplies required.
    • Breast milk production does not require the use of energy for production and does not create waste or air pollution.

To protect breastfeeding:

  • Promoting the implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospitals initiative.
  • Provide access to qualified breastfeeding counselling. Studies show that interventions to promote breastfeeding increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 4-6 weeks and 6 months.
  • Encourage employers and communities to promote and protect breastfeeding by posting “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” signs and providing private breastfeeding areas if this is a breastfeeding family’s preference.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for infants until age two, with the addition of appropriate complementary foods when the infant is developmentally ready, around 6 months of age.

To learn more about Black Breastfeeding Week, visit www.blackbreastfeedingweek.org. For more information about the Florida WIC program, call 1-800-342-3556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org. To learn more about breastfeeding initiatives in Florida, visit www.flbreastfeeding.org, or the West Coast Breastfeeding Task Force www.flwcbreastfeeding.org. To view the CDC Breastfeeding Report Card, visit Breastfeeding Report Card | Breastfeeding | CDC and for more on breastfeeding data go HERE.

For more information or questions, please contact your county health department.

DOH-Citrus

(352) 527-0068

DOH-Manatee

(941) 748-0747

DOH-Hardee

(863) 773-4161

DOH-Pasco

(727) 619-0300

DOH-Hernando

(352) 540-6800

DOH-Pinelas

(727) 824-6900

DOH-Highlands

(863) 386-6040

DOH-Col

(863) 519-7900

DOH-Hillsboro

(813) 307-8000

DOH-Sarasota

(941) 861-2900

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