St. Vincent Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated from August 1-7. It's a week to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

St. Vincent held a reception in the Baby Lounge at Eastland Mall Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

St. Vincent gave out free cupcakes and educational materials during the event.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends parents feed their children breast milk for the first two years.

A breastfed baby is less likely to have:

  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Gas, diarrhea, and constipation
  • Skin diseases (such as eczema)
  • Stomach or intestinal infections
  • Wheezing problems
  • Respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis

Breastfeeding also saves time and money. Parents can save about $1,000 per year by not buying formula.

(This story was originally published on August 2, 2017)


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