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Oakland County's 1st Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk Today

Public Date: 8/19/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Jennifer Kirby, Oakland County Health Division
Phone Number: 248-858-5607

Oakland County, Michigan -- Past, present and future breastfeeding women, their friends and families will take part in the Oakland County Health Division WIC program's 1st Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk today. The event, which includes a ½ mile walk and a variety of family-friendly activities and information, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Waterford Oaks County Park Lookout Lodge, 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford.

"Breastfeeding is an important part of a baby's growth and development," says Oakland County Health Division Manager Kathy Forzley. "It protects children from SIDS, diabetes, leukemia, cancer, obesity, high cholesterol, and many allergies."

Joining the walk, which celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness month, will be WIC families; La Leche League; and health and breastfeeding advocates.

"Breastfeeding is good for mom too," adds Forzley. "It lowers the risk of health problems, such as diabetes or cancer. It's also the cheapest and most convenient option for all new mothers."

For more information, please contact the WIC office at 248-858-1272 or visit the OCHD website: www.oakgov.com/health