World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated worldwide August 1-7, 2013.
In Jackson Hole, St. John's Medical Center, along with Teton County
Public Health, WIC, and the Jackson Hole Children's Museum, will coordinate
fun and informative activities to provide support to breastfeeding families.
At the People's Market on Wednesday, August 7, from 4 to 7 pm, St.
John's Family Birth Center, Teton County Public Health, and WIC will
provide information and answer questions about many topics important to
breastfeeding families, including nutrition, returning to work, and local
On Wednesday, August 14 from 11 am to 1 pm, St. John's Medical Center
invites new families to the inaugural "Teton Mammas" gathering.
The outing, which will take place at the Jackson Hole Children's Museum,
will include picnic lunch and toddler activities. "We want to reach
out to new families to provide ongoing education and support," said
Janet Wood, St. John's certified lactation consultant. "Women
will also benefit from the support that other new moms can provide,"
said Wood. "I expect it to be fun and informative at the same time."
Space is limited. RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 739-7572 by August 13.
The 2013 World Breastfeeding Week theme is "Breastfeeding Support:
Close to Mother." Infant feeding is one of the important decisions
that new families make. Evidence shows that the health of infants and
mothers benefits from breastfeeding. Despite most mothers wanting to breastfeed,
many are met with multiple and complex barriers that keep them from achieving
their personal breastfeeding goals. Support, education, and encouragement
from all angles can make success possible for mothers who want to breastfeed.
"Learning how to breastfeed takes time and patience for new mothers
and infants. It is important to remember that families, friends, health
care providers, employers, childcare providers, communities, and even
the media play a crucial role in supporting mothers' success in breastfeeding,"
said Elizabeth Brooks, President of the International Lactation Consultant
Throughout the year, St. John's Family Birth Center offers confidential
and complimentary appointments with nurses with lactation education expertise.
Call 739-7572 to schedule an appointment.