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2017 World Breastfeeding Week

2017 World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together” –you might think “what has that got to do with me in my everyday life?”

Working toward the 2030 UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ may not be on most of our radar screens BUT – knowing the benefits to the mother, her baby, her family and our entire community (and, indeed, the world) – we all have a social responsibility to create the supportive US “village” that values the needs of babies to be breastfed and of mothers to be enabled to breastfeed. Everyone can work to make this possible.

Read this Huffington Post article “It Takes A Village To Raise Breastfeeding Rates” http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sue-ashmore/breastfeeding_b_17598862.html and get excited about helping in whatever way you can. Here are some simple ways to start:

Print out the NC Breastfeeding Law and keep copies in your bag to give one to each mother you see nursing in public or including one in your baby shower gifts. The NC Breastfeeding Law: states: “a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding” – NC Gen. Stat. § 14?190.9

Check out other breastfeeding laws at www.ncbfc.org

Suggest the places where you shop apply for the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Business or the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace awards http://ncbfc.org/ncbc-projects/the-business-case-for-breastfeeding/

Encourage the practices where your family gets healthcare by nominating them for the  Mother-Baby Friendly Healthcare Clinic Award http://ncbfc.org/mother-baby-friendly-clinic-award/

Learn about local resources by simply entering the ZIP code athttp://www.Zipmilk.org    

If you provide breastfeeding resources, be sure you are listed at  http://www.Zipmilk.org    

Donate extra milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bankhttp://www.wakemed.org/mothers-milk-bank 

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