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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: August 19, 2016
DHSS-8-2016





ACTIVITIES MARK NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH


Dover, DE (August 19, 2016) - In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, the Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware are encouraging Delawareans to learn the facts about breastfeeding and support breastfeeding mothers they know. DPH is sharing a list of several upcoming activities planned to celebrate the occasion.

"Breastfeeding starts infants on a healthy life course because it is the optimal nutrition for infants and protects them from many illnesses and diseases," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

Breastfeeding protects babies from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, allergies, and asthma. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for six months are less likely to become obese. The benefits of breastfeeding are dose-related; the more breast milk a baby receives, the greater the protection for both mother and baby. Mothers who breastfeed have less risk of breast and ovarian cancers, and lose pregnancy weight faster.

The nation's Healthy People 2020 initiative, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calls for mothers to breastfeed their infants for at least one year after birth. Of Delaware infants born in 2011, 13.2 percent were breastfed exclusively through six months, compared to 18.8 percent nationally and the Healthy People 2020 goal of 25.5 percent. At one year, 16.8 percent of Delaware infants born in 2011 were breastfed, compared to 26.7 percent nationally and the Healthy People 2020 goal of 34.1 percent.

Delaware is making significant progress in breastfeeding support due to the collaboration of health systems, state agencies and private citizens. Successes include:

If 90 percent of U.S. families followed guidelines to breastfeed exclusively for six months, the U.S. would annually save $13 billion from reduced medical and other costs, (through fewer doctor's visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations). According to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. households with breastfed infants can save between $1,200 and $1,500 in infant formula expenditures in the first year.

Delaware events scheduled to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month 2016 include:

Aug 22: Assessing the Breastfeeding Dyad Seminar Sponsored by Bayhealth at the Kent General Location. Cost: $50.00.

Aug 27: Community Breastfeeding Day in the Park. Sponsored by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware. Wyoming Park in Wyoming, Delaware. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Aug 1 - Aug 31: Breastfeeding Photo Sessions are available. Book by emailing SUPbreastfeeding@gmail.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware. For more information, visit the Breastfeeding Coalition's Facebook page.

For more detailed information on the above events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Breastfeeding-Coalition-of-Delaware/1456704974582295

For more information on breastfeeding, visit the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware at www.delawarebreastfeeding.org/, the DPH WIC page, or the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/.

A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit http://delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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