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Raising Healthy Babies Is a Community Effort

Breast fed babies and children were the highlight of the Community baby shower.

Mothers make milk because they give birth to babies. This includes not only humans, but 4,000 other species of mammals.

Mother’s milk provides some of the richest nutrients and protective factors for a newborn up to two years of age. Breastfeeding is part of the natural cycle of life.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program put breastfeeding in the spotlight through a Community Baby Shower on August 23, held at the Salt River Community Building. The event was held in conjunction with National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, August 21-25, and offered moms and babies great prizes and essential information for their support system.

“We’re trying to promote breastfeeding with our women to get them to choose breastfeeding instead of formula,” said Senior Community Nutrition Specialist Jamie Schurz. “The rates are going up in the Community for breastfeeding, and it’s awesome.

“The turnout was really great at the event,” she added. “It was really nice to see all the families and the kiddos.”

Breast milk is real food that provides many benefits for babies and toddlers. It provides the best nutrition; helps lower the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease; helps a baby feel safe and secure; costs no money at all; and results in no environmental pollution (plastic/tins).

Because the SRPMIC understands the importance of baby’s first six months of life and supports breastfeeding mothers, the Community has put in place a breastfeeding policy (see sidebar) that is used today by tribal employees and students.

Raising healthy babies is a Community effort. WIC encourages you to do your part to help encourage expectant mothers to breastfeed, which will result in empowering and strengthening families as well as building a healthy bond between mom and baby.

For more information, call Senior Community Nutrition Specialist Jamie Schurz at (480) 362-7300.

Raising healthy babies is a Community effort. WIC encourages you to do your part to help encourage expectant mothers to breastfeed, which will result in empowering and strengthening families as well as building a healthy bond between mom and baby. For more information, call Senior Community Nutrition Specialist Jamie Schurz at (480) 362-7300.

Chapter 5, Health and Human Services Policy
5-2: Breastfeeding

GOAL:
The goal of this policy is to reduce childhood obesity and lower the risk of developing diabetes later in life.

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that breastfeeding parents have the right to continue breastfeeding while employed, in school or in training programs with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and to encourage and support them in their decision to bring baby to work/class or pump milk while at the work site or classroom.

Benefits of breastfeeding.