WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Health Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children invites pregnant women, parents and families to a “Family Fun Day” from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 outside the Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Road, Waukegan.
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the event will feature participation in the “Big Latch On,” where breastfeeding moms come together across the world to latch their babies at the same time with the support of their partners and family.
During the event, families can play games and win prizes, learn about breastfeeding, WIC and other local resources, enjoy light refreshments, and participate in scheduled activities:
9:30 a.m.: exercise class
10:30 a.m.: “Big Latch On”
11 a.m.: healthy cooking demonstration
“We want Lake County moms to know that breastfeeding is a natural and healthy choice for you and your baby,” Mark Pfister, Health Department executive director, said in a news release. “Our aim for this event is for parents to leave empowered to choose breastfeeding so their children have a healthy start to their lives.”
The Lake County Health Department’s WIC program has four breastfeeding peer counselors available at five locations throughout the county: Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion, Round Lake Beach and Highland Park.
WIC mothers are strongly encouraged to breastfeed their infants unless there is a medical reason not to. Health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding (nothing but breast milk) for six months and continued breastfeeding after a baby begins solid food up to age 1 or 2. Human milk is full of antibodies that help protect babies from diseases, including ear infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea, allergies, leukemia and diabetes. Breastfeeding can even help mothers reduce their risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
For information on Family Fun Day, visit health.lakecountyil.gov. In the event of rain, the celebration will be in the lower-level conference room in the Belvidere Medical Building.
To make an appointment with WIC, or for support and information about breastfeeding, call 847-377-8420.