Community celebrates World Breastfeeding Week
The Salt River Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helped the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which is observed in more than 120 countries each year during the first week of August. Various events were held around the Community complex August 1-4.
Medical authorities agree that breastfeeding is the best start for babies, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months after the baby is born. Breast milk helps boost the baby’s immune system, which protects against sickness and means fewer doctor visits. Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of various diseases for mother and baby, such as diabetes and ovarian cancer, and it’s a great way for the mother and infant to bond.
On Monday, Aug. 1, an information table was set up at the Round House Café for women who were interested in the topic. That evening there was a Zumba party to kick off Breastfeeding Week.
“Why I love promoting breastfeeding to the Community is because … that mother knows where the milk is coming from, and [there are] no recalls like [sometimes happens with] formula, [and] it saves a lot of money because breast milk is free and convenient,” said Jamie Schurz, senior community nutrition specialist, Salt River WIC program.
An ongoing “smoothie social” was held at the WIC office on Tuesday. The next day, the office held an Incentive Day for clients at the WIC office.
On Thursday, the WIC office presented a Game Day at the Round House Café, concluding the events for Breastfeeding Week. After the games, a baby crawl contest took place for infants seven to 11 months of age.