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Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

The NIH Lactation Program will be celebrating 2 years of service to the NIH community during World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually and is led by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. The theme, "Breastfeeding: It's Your Right," highlights the fact that women have the right to breastfeed, to receive factual information, and to be protected from outside interference when breastfeeding. A variety of activities have been planned to highlight the NIH Lactation Program and educate the community about the importance of breastfeeding.

The NIH program has been in operation since September 1998. Since then, more than 300 women have participated in some aspect of the program. Of the 77 women completing the program so far in fiscal year 2000, 64 percent have provided breastmilk to their babies for the first 6 months of life. This is well above the national average of approximately 20 percent of babies receiving breastmilk for the first 6 months of life, and in line with Healthy People 2010 goals. The program began with three lactation rooms around campus and has expanded to include seven rooms. Work has begun on finding space for several other rooms as the need continues to increase. In light of the success of the program, and its popularity among working mothers on campus, it has been made a permanent program of the NIH Work and Family Life Center, beginning in fiscal year 2001.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and learn more about the NIH Lactation Program. The following activities will be held on campus:

  • Aug. 1 — Information table and door prize drawing near the upper cafeteria in Bldg. 10 (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)

  • Aug. 2 — Seminar on "Maintaining Your Milk Supply When You Return to Work" given by Vergie Hughes in Bldg. 31, 6C10 (noon-1:30 p.m.)

  • Aug. 3 — Information table and door prize drawing near the cafeteria in Bldg. 31 (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)

For more information, contact Jane Balkam, lactation consultant, 435-7850.


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