The Breastfeeding Task Force is working to increase breastfeeding awareness so we are pleased to have had the Fresno County Board of supervisors proclaim August Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Fresno County.
Thank-you to all the Babies First Breastfeeding Task Force members and their families that participated in this Tuesday, July 10th presentation.
County of Fresno Proclamation
WHEREAS~breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies, by reducing the risk of depression, as well as breast and ovarian cancers, and by providing babies with optimal nutrition that contributes to reduction in the incidence and severity of diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, respiratory infections, ear infections, obesity, asthma and Sudden Infant Death syndrome; and
WHEREAS~for 2016, Fresno County had 69.0 percent of its mothers exclusively breastfeeding their infants at the time of hospital discharge; and
WHEREAS~the California Department of Public Health’s 2018 World Breastfeeding Week Campaign aims to raise awareness about lactation accommodation as a strategy to help working mothers to continue breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of their child’s life; and
WHEREAS~the Fresno County’s Babies First Breastfeeding Task Force supports the campaign and is working to increase community awareness of breastfeeding as the first step to a healthy life with its annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk and Celebration on August 4, 2018.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Fresno County Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims the month of August 2018 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Fresno County and encourages Fresno County residents to support breastfeeding as a local health priority to reduce infant morbidity and mortality.
ADOPTED BY THE FRESNO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THIS 10TH DAY OF JULY 2018
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