Join us for World Breastfeeding Week's celebration on August 1-5!
Start early in July and enter the Mom and Baby Moment Photo Contest(need not be breastfeeding to enter) for a chance at prizes and gift certificates!
Look for our honorees in the newspapers and on-line (like right here). We have an individual, a small business and a large business, all who advcoate and support breastfeeding in Grant County! (See previous honorees)
Join us for the celebration on Friday, Aug 5, 2011!
In the morning, WIC will pamper 198 moms who are breastfeeding in southwest New Mexico @ the Grant County Business and Conference Center. These ladies have saved over $237,600 for their families and tax payers by making a healthy choice for their babies future (and cut their medical costs by a third!).
At 5 p.m., the party moves to Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Miller Library for the Mom and Baby Moment Photograph Display with the announcement of the photo contest winners, naming our WBFW Honorees, and a screening of the acclaimed documentary, Babies. If that's not enough -- refreshments, too!
Learn more about our council:
The Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council is coalition of medical providers, parents, lactation consultants, community members, Health Councils, and services which help support parents decision to give their children the healthiest start possible by breastfeeding. We serve Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties with education, promotion, resources and support for breastfeeding. We are part of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce.
According to a recent study, if 90 percent of women breastfeed their infants 900 babies lives would be saved each year and an estimated $13 billion would be saved in costly illnesses. Currently in New Mexico, 49% of mothers breastfeed for at least 6 months, but only 19% follow the government guidelines recommending that babies receive only breast milk for for six months. (see Center for Diseases Control Breastfeeding Report Card 2010) The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be breastfed at least for the first year of life, if not longer, as new scientific findings suggest breast milk increases intelligence and neural-functioning, while it decreases the risk of Sudden Infant Death. Studies have found breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections. It also affects insulin levels in the blood, which may make breastfed babies less likely to develop diabetes and obesity.
Anyone with breastfeeding questions, concerns or issues can call the Lactation Consultants at Gila Regional Medical Center: (575) 538-4676 for free and confidencial consultations.
New Mexico has been a leader in protecting the rights of breastfeeding mothers. New Mexico law protects a mother's right to "breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present (NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-1)." The law was created to protect breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and censure for doing what comes naturally. Furthermore, New Mexico "requires employers to provide a clean, private place, not a bathroom, for employees who are breastfeeding to pump." Also requires that the employee be given breaks to express milk, but does not require that she be paid for this time (NMSA 2007 Section 28-20-1). Our Council has consultants available to work with any business to become compliant with the law and make space for their employee mother's comfort, which studies have shown breastfeeding mothers miss less work and are more productive thanks to the support of their employers. Call (575) 538-4676 for the Gila Regional Medical Center Lactation Consultant.
In the first week of August each year, the Southwest Breastfeeding Council celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. We honor local individuals and businesses that have promoted and supported breastfeeding in our community.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:25