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World Breastfeeding week observed

World Breastfeeding Week 2014 will be celebrated worldwide August 1-7 or October 1-7. The theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life, acknowledges that when mothers and babies succeed in their breastfeeding plans, they can enjoy a lifetime of benefits.

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Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity and respiratory illnesses.

Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers. To reach the goal, mothers need a team of helpers and health care professionals to support them. This team can include family, friends, physicians, nurses, midwives, employers and child care providers.

Team members with special skills and knowledge about breastfeeding, such as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), are especially helpful.

When mothers and babies are able to reach their breastfeeding goals, they also contribute to community prosperity, health, equity and environmental sustainability.

To find a local IBCLC, visit the “Find a Lactation Consultant” directory at

Douglas County Public Health is the local breastfeeding support center. For more information, contact a medical provider, Public Health at (320) 763-6018 or WIC (Women, Infants and Children) at (320) 763-7805.