Canton WIC to hold breastfeeding celebration

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Breastfeeding is a very personal decision, but it is also one that is likely to elicit strong opinions from friends, family, and sometimes strangers.  You may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal? Why is this important?”  Take time to learn the facts, and be sure you are making the best decision for you and your family.

Join your Canton WIC office for our annual breastfeeding celebration honoring all moms at 10 a.m. Aug. 18.  We will serve brunch, give away door prizes, play games, and enjoy time with fellow mothers in our community.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the optimum nutrition for infants; it has a perfect combination of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, and everything your baby needs to thrive.  Breastfeeding lowers your child’s risk of allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, respiratory infections, and other illnesses throughout his lifetime.  Antibodies are present in breastmilk as well, and they help protect your child from bacteria and viruses in your environment.  Nursing your baby has been linked to higher IQ scores later in life, a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and a reduced risk of some types of cancer, even into adulthood.  While holding him safely in your arms and offering him nourishment from your body, you provide for him a sense of continuity from belly to our big world, helping him adjust as comfortably as possible.  Your body communicates with your child’s to alter your milk at each feeding, so he receives exactly what he needs, whether it be more protein, fat, or antibodies to fight off new germs; your breasts even change temperature to warm or cool your baby. Talk about a big deal! 

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