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BRADFORD-TIOGA HEAD START, INC. PROMOTES

NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS MONTH

 August marks National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a movement to promote, protect and support breastfeeding by any woman.

Bradford-Tioga Early Head Start provides enrolled pregnant women, fathers, and partners or other relevant family members with information on the benefits of breastfeeding. During Early Head Start home visits, Family Partners share breastfeeding information  with enrolled pregnant women and families with newborns. “Our goal is to empower women to commit to breastfeeding”, stated Tanya Chapel, Early Head Start Coordinator. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, new research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.”

It really does take a community to help a mother begin and sustain breastfeeding. There are services in Bradford and Tioga counties to assist with breastfeeding support. Those services include: Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc. (WIC), Memorial Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Photo Caption:       Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. mom, Emily and her son, Michael enjoying some snuggle-time while breastfeeding.