GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated literally all month long in Pitt County and part of the theme is making sure women are supported.
The Pitt County Health Department is doing its part this weekend to make sure women in the area know they do have resources in their community.
“When we talk about the comparison between breast milk and formula, we really want to showcase all of the compounds and nutrients that are in breast milk, explained Health Promotion Dietician Jackie Sugg, who added Pitt County has a lot to offer families when it comes to keeping them informed, especially about the benefits of breastfeeding. She’s getting ready for a big weekend event, the 2016 World Breastfeeding Celebration. “We are really trying to promote the resources that are available to breastfeeding women we want them to know that support is available.”
For Robin Hopkins, the resources helped when it came time to make the decision of whether or not to breastfeed.
“With my first one, I was scared with my first one, but after that, I got used to it,” said Hopkins, who’s a pro now after three babies.
Hopkins said that pumping and feeding her newest addition breast milk through a bottle is perfectly acceptable and just as healthy for her newest addition.
It’s something Sugg said is one thing she stresses to other women, “That’s a very real scenario for lots of women, how we make it work. We’re doing the best we can for our babies and still providing the best nourishment.”
That’s just one of the tips Sugg said women will learn during the weekend’s celebration.
“And sometimes we tell people we’re going to plant the seed now,” said Sugg. “You may not breastfeed this child, but you may breastfeed the next. So it’s good to be informed and that’s really our message. We want you to make an informed decision.”
More than 15 other clinical and community partners are taking part in this year’s World Breastfeeding Celebration.
It’s Saturday from 10 until 12 at the Pitt County Agricultural Center. There will be all kinds of events and activities for kids, including a craft area, story time, and a kinder Musik session. It’s free and open to the public.