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First Lady of Nevada shows her support of Nevada Breastfeeding Week

Posted 8/23/2007

  • WHO: Dawn Gibbons, First Lady of Nevada
  • WHAT: Reading of the Governor’s Proclamation for Nevada Breastfeeding Week
  • WHERE: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center 8050 S. Maryland Pkwy., #100, LV 89123 (Windmill Lane & I-215)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
  • WHY: In recognition of the importance of this public health issue and its impact on the well-being of all Nevadans
  • HOW: Contact Marilyn Ming, 257-5516, mingm@unce.unr.edu for more info

LAS VEGAS—World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), August 1-7, 2007, celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. It is celebrated in 120 countries on various dates.

This year, the Governor of Nevada, Jim Gibbons, issued a declaration proclaiming Nevada Breastfeeding Week August 1-8, 2007. In recognition of the importance of this public health issue and its impact on the well-being of all Nevadans, the First Lady of Nevada, Dawn Gibbons, will show her support by reading the Governor’s declaration on July 31, 2007 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center at 10:30 a.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s 2005 National Immunization Survey (NIS), 76.5% of newborns are breastfed, but by six months, that number fell to just 40.1%, significantly below the Healthy People 2010 Goal of 50% of infants breastfeeding at six months. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants breastfeed exclusively for six months, and up to one year with supplemented foods.

Breastfeeding is an important public health issue. Research has shown that breastfed infants have lower rates of common illnesses like diarrhea, respiratory and ear infections. Also, diabetes, meningitis, obesity, and certain cancers (acute leukemia and lymphomas) occur less frequently among breastfed children. Breastfeeding mothers benefit too with reduced risks for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.

With the right support, most mothers can continue to breastfeed their babies successfully up to six months and beyond. Nevadan breastfeeding mothers can get help to ensure success with breastfeeding from a number of community resources: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, their local Woman, Infants & Children (WIC) program, local Family to Family Resource centers, district health offices, community hospitals and private practice lactation consultants, physician’s offices, other mothers and La Leche League leaders.

For more information, see the Breastfeeding Taskforce of Nevada’s website at www.nevadabreastfeeding.org , or call your local WIC clinic at 1-800-8-NEV-WIC.

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