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Thursday, August 02, 2012

20th World Breastfeeding Week!



20th World Breastfeeding Week
August 1-7, 2012

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the declaration made by World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the nation would save $13 billion per year in healthcare and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.
Events all over Georgia and all over the world to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!

See or the ILCA website for more information, resources, materials, and ideas!  If your organization is holding an event not listed here, please contact Claire Eden to submit details to be included in our World Breastfeeding Week update in the end of July.

Georgia World Breastfeeding Week Events Calendar
Athens: 15th Athens Area Maternity and Baby Fair. August 4  10am-3pm at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. Contact Stephanie Jordan for more information.

Augusta: World Breastfeeding Week Luncheon “Supporting Breastfeeding Works.”  Thursday August 9, at noon. Special Guest Speaker: Kathryn McLeod, MD, IBLCLC .  Held at Trinity Hospital 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta  30904; Sister Mary Louise Conference Room.  Registration Cost: $10 Employers in the area may come as our special guests at no charge, but should RSVP.  Register or RSVP with Donna Wilson at 706-667-4705 or

Brunswick: The BIG LATCH ON and family fun event!  August 4th 8:30-11 am.  T shirts, door prizes and more!  Held at the Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick campus located at 3025 Shrine Road. For more information contact or call Laura (912) 577-3914 or Felicia (216) 870-8089.  Sponsored by the Coastal Health District, Southeast Georgia Health Systems, La Leche League of Camden and Glynn Counties, and the Southeast Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition.

Cobb/Douglas:  The BIG LATCH ON. This is our second attempt to break the world record for the most women breast-feeding simultaneously.  The event will be held at  WellStar Douglas Hospital as well as at Tramore Park located on the East-West Connector on August 3rd at 10:30am. For more information contact Aleah Walker at

Dublin: Fifth annual breastfeeding awareness walk August 4 in at the Dublin Mall from 11:00-1:00.  There will be door prizes, rocking chair raffle, story-time, face painting, and entertainment.  For more information contact Nadia Tucker.

Hinesville: Coastal Health District WIC is sponsoring an event August 2 from 2-4 at the Liberty County Recreation Department Pavillion.  Contact Monica Lightfoot for more information.

Savannah: Coastal Health District WIC is sponsoring an event August 1 from 12-2 at the Eisenhower Clinic.  Contact Monica Lightfoot for more information.

In Northwest Georgia, World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated September 21 in two locations.  Both include a Walk, exhibitors, and goodies.  Baseball caps with WBWeek emblem imprinted on them sponsored by NW GA BF Coalition.  Events scheduled outside, but will move inside in case of rain. Contact Kerry Smith for more information.

Murray County Recreation Center
651 Hyden Tyler Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705

Dalton, Whitfield County
5-8 pm
Gaston Community Center
214 Fredrick St., Dalton GA 30721

The Big Latch On will hold events all over the world on August 3 and 4 in an attempt to break the world’s record for most women breastfeeding simultaneously.  See the website for up to date information on Georgia Locations.  So far there are events listed in Douglas County, Gwinnett County, Cartersville, Cobb County, Brunswick, Fayetteville, Rockdale County and Savannah.

Source: Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

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