Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st through the 7th all over the world to encourage women to breastfeed and improve the health of babies all around the world.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “Human milk provides the ideal balance of nutrients for an infant’s growth and development. Breast milk protects the infant’s health by reducing the risk of infections and chronic diseases as well as reducing the risk of childhood obesity.”
This year’s National Breastfeeding Week theme is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development.” In September 2015, the United Nations leaders created seventeen sustainable development goals with the desire to end poverty and provide a sustainable future for coming generations. Breastfeeding plays an important role in four of the seventeen sustainable development goals including: protecting our environment, creating food security, promoting health, and empowering women.
North County Health Services is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive Women’s Health Programs in North County San Diego. Our Women Infants and Children (WIC) program is available to help provide proper nutrition to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and young children to improve their nutrition and overall wellness.