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    Tuesday, August 22, 2017-4:35:23P.M.

     

     

     

     

     

WIC marks 10th year with breastfeeding campaign

MORE than a hundred children and their parents on Saturday participated in the 10th anniversary celebration of the Women and Infants Clinic which is also observing Breastfeeding Week.

Luisa Santos, breastfeeding counselor at WIC, said Breastfeeding Week is celebrated nationwide. “We are following our counterparts across the nation, and we know that breastfeeding is very important.”

The event started at 6 a.m. at the Minachom Atdao Pavilion with a 5k walk. Participants were given free T-shirts. There were game booths for children and blood- and sugar-screening tests for adults. Free fruit and water were also available.

The staff from the Women and Infants Clinic gather at Minachom Atdao on Saturday to celebrate their 10th anniversary and Breastfeeding Week.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

WIC, with the support of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has been conducting a breastfeeding campaign since July, Santos said. “We want to make breastfeeding a norm in our community. We want it known that it is the optimal choice for feeding babies.”

Santos said there are mothers encountering problems with breastfeeding, but they can always ask for help from WIC. “We want them to know that if there are any problems or if they have any questions they can always come to the WIC program for help.”

According to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, “Families who follow optimal breastfeeding practices can save between $1,200 to $1,500” in formula expenses.

Santos added, “With breastfeeding, you can also reduce hospital care costs because babies who breast-feed are healthier and have reduced chances of becoming diabetic, obese or having intestinal problems.”

In addition, mothers who breastfeed their children are less susceptible to breast cancer, Santos said.