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Why is Breastfeeding Important?

  • Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for infants.
  • Nutrients in breast milk may help protect infants against some common childhood illnesses and infections.
  • It may also help the mother’s health. Certain types of cancer may occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies.

    Copley Hospital’s Birthing Center offers certified lactation support and breastfeeding counseling.  For information call 888-8100

    During World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), learn more about how and why breastfeeding should be supported by our community.

    The Vermont Department of Health and the Lamoille Family Center is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with:

2016 Global Big Latch On
Aug. 6 10:00am-11:00am

at The Lamoille Family Center

Women and their children will gather to breastfeed and offer peer to peer support. Friends and family are encouraged to join in this celebration to show their support for breastfeeding.  If you are currently breastfeeding and would like to attend this free event, please RSVP to 888-5229 x141 by August 4th.

The Big Latch On aims to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families by:

  • Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
  • Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
  • Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
  • Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
  • Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.