In support of World Breastfeeding Week, Access Community Action Agency’s Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) program are hosting a Community Outreach and Support Fair at 1315 Main Street, Suite2 in Willimantic on Friday, August 3rd starting at 9:00 AM. The event is open to all and free of charge. At 10:30 AM they will host a game of Breastfeeding Fact or Fiction for attendees to be able to win a prize.
The Support Fair will have information on infant care topics from providers in our community with prizes, snacks, and arts and crafts projects for children.
The World Breastfeeding Week’s 26th year in 2018 is about showcasing how breastfeeding is the foundation of life. Breastfeeding is one of the most important starts to healthy infant and child development. A measure of wellness in a community is reflected by the number of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding are not only limited to infancy but extend into childhood and even to adulthood. Breastfeeding moms make the perfect food for their baby and their milk provides nutrients that assist their babies into being healthier, smarter and more successful for life. Mothers who choose to breastfeed make an investment in their baby’s future. Learn more at http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org.
The Access Community Action Agency is designated by the federal and state government as the anti-poverty agency in northeast Connecticut. Access provides food, affordable housing, job readiness services, and other pathways to economic self-reliance for vulnerable limited-income families and individuals throughout the region. For more information about Access’s services, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.
World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA’s core partners are the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), La Leche League International (LLLI), and Wellstart International. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).