The facts are clear: breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby because it strengthens their immune system, guards them against obesity and diabetes, and forges a strong bond with their mom, among many other benefits. It also helps protect moms from breast and ovarian cancers and post-partum depression.

But, until this last year, Michigan moms were often made to feel uncomfortable about feeding their baby in public, sometimes even being directed to breastfeed in bathrooms.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Shiawassee County Health Department, and Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) invite you to join in celebrating the new law protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed anywhere she has a right to be. According to Jennifer Babcock, Shiawassee County WIC Peer counselor, “inviting and encouraging moms to breastfeed anytime and anywhere will help change the culture around breastfeeding in public. This will promote breastfeeding initiation and duration rates which will lead to healthier children for generations to come.”

Communities can support mothers and babies by making them feel welcome to breastfeed in all public places and local establishments. According to WIC Director Stan Bien, “Breastfeeding is a natural act with many proven benefits,” and, “by supporting new mothers, we help ensure good infant health, reduce infant mortality rates, and prevent obesity.”

Activities throughout the state are planned to draw attention to the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well being of mothers and children. “Please join the Shiawassee County Health Department 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at McCurdy Park in Corunna to celebrate breastfeeding by attending our Breastfeeding Walk and Community Baby Shower,” said Courtney Herrick of the SCHD. “We will have free giveaways, raffle drawings, free photo opportunities, information and educational materials and local vendors. Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the large pavilion closest to the hockey rink.”

Breastfeeding: Anytime, Anywhere was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Karen Elford