WIC celebrates ‘super’ breastfeeding moms with free event Aug. 7
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s super mom! Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is inviting mothers to show off their superpowers in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7.
The health district’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will host a Super Breastfeeding Extravaganza on Wednesday, Aug. 7 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This free event will include games, prizes, face painting, balloons, snacks and more.
“We are excited to celebrate our super breastfeeding moms and their super supportive sidekicks with this event,” said Tiffany Rice, WIC program manager. “This event is open to the public, including moms who are breastfeeding now, have breastfed in the past and moms who are expecting. This is a chance for WIC to really celebrate our breastfeeding moms and their support systems in the community.”
Mothers are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy all the fun. WIC staff will be present with information about their resources and programs. They will also have information on Black Breastfeeding Week, observed Aug. 26-30, including the disparities black women face medically and barriers to breastfeeding.
Super Breastfeeding Extravaganza is a free event open to the public and will take place in the Texas City WIC classroom, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-101.
There will also be superhero self-care for moms and sidekick awards for dads. World Breastfeeding Week is a chance for WIC to highlight many of the resources available to breastfeeding mothers, regardless of their enrollment status.
Mother’s Milk Club
WIC welcomes breastfeeding mothers to its Mother’s Milk Club, which helps them along their breastfeeding journey. When it comes to breastfeeding, the best advice and support often comes from other mothers. Meetings cover topics like benefits of skin-to-skin contact, the important role of fathers during breastfeeding, milk supply, breastfeeding in public and confidence in the ability to provide for their baby.
Clubs meet in Dickinson, Texas City and Galveston. Mother’s Milk Club is open to everyone, not just WIC clients.
24/7 breastfeeding support line
Breastfeeding mothers who have questions may contact the 24/7 breastfeeding support line and speak to an expert for advice. Counselors are passionate and dedicated to ensuring breastfeeding concerns are promptly resolved. The numb
er is 409-392-7120. Callers do not have to be a WIC client.
Breastfeeding community partnerships
WIC has teamed up with many area hospitals in Galveston County to provide information for new mothers to find continued breastfeeding help after they are discharged and to help provide hospital grade pumps for mothers of medically fragile babies. WIC also works with several community partners to teach breastfeeding classes at their organizations to help ensure more moms feel confident in their breastfeeding journeys.
Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies.
“Cells, hormones and antibodies in a mother’s milk helps protect her baby from illness and is unique to meet that baby’s growing needs,” Rice said. “Breastfeeding helps prevent hunger and malnutrition and ensures that all babies have food, no matter the household income or situation.”
Research shows breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma, obesity, ear infections, eczema, diarrhea and vomiting, lower respiratory infections, Type 2 diabetes and more, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There’s also benefits to the mother including a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
WIC is here to help. Call 409-949-3471 or visit www.gchd.org/wic for information on WIC resources.
WHAT: Super Breastfeeding Extravaganza
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-101
CONTACT: For more information, call 409-949-3471.