CoxHealth Event Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week

By KOLR10 News

Published 08/03 2014 11:14AM

Updated 08/03 2014 11:16AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- August 1 through 7 is World Breastfeeding Week and CoxHealth Women’s Center is having an open house to recognize and educate.

The breastfeeding education event will be at the CoxHealth Women’s Center located at the Turner Center August 4 from 3 pm to 6 pm followed by the TLC support group from 6 to 7:30 pm.

The event will feature refreshments, samples of breastfeeding supplies, a gift for breastfeeding babies and 20% off purchases, which includes breast pumps. Attendees may also register to win a Medela Pump in Style breast pump.

This event highlights the benefits of breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers and also reduces postpartum depression, cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes,” says Denise Vaughan, RN, Nurse Educator with CoxHealth Women’s Center.

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continuing through one year of age with the introduction of solid foods. In addition, the AAP recommends that the mother and child continue breastfeeding beyond one year for as long as the mother and child both desire.

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