PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Breastfeeding Coalition (RIBC) will hold a family-friendly event, "Born to Breastfeed," at the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Wednesday, August 6, from 5-9 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with WHO/UNICEF World Breastfeeding Week. During the event, families can view zoo exhibits and participate in fun activities while learning about breastfeeding from educational tables and lactation consultants, who will be on hand to answer questions, provide information, and connect families with resources to overcome common breastfeeding challenges.
"Human milk is perfectly formulated for babies," said Michael Fine, M.D., Director of Health. "It protects babies from infections at the earliest stages of their lives and from chronic diseases later in life. It also helps moms bond with their babies, achieve a healthy weight after birth, and save money on formula costs. No matter your feeding decision or family status, we invite you to come enjoy the exhibits and learn more as we celebrate breastfeeding as a normal, natural part of Rhode Island culture."
The event will take place rain or shine. Zoo exhibits and concessions will remain open throughout the evening, with music and dancing taking place throughout the zoo. Cost is $5 for adults and children age five and older. Children younger than five may attend for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online (http://www.ribreastfeeding.org). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to this event, more local support for pregnant women and nursing mothers is available, including:
• Women enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program can obtain breastfeeding information and one-on-one assistance from lactation consultants and peer counselors. Contact your local WIC agency or visit www.health.ri.gov/find/wicagencies to learn more.
• Any pregnant woman or new mom in the state can get breastfeeding support through the First Connections program. Contact your local First Connections agency to learn more or visit www.health.ri.gov/find/firstconnectionsproviders for a list.
The RIBC is a non-profit coalition of community organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Rhode Island, thereby improving the health and well-being of women and children.