July 20, 2016
For More Information Contact
- Lorrie Andrew-Spear – 703-530-2627
Lord Fairfax Health District’s 4th Annual Breastfeeding Fair is Friday Aug. 5
(WINCHESTER, Va.)— The Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) invites all new moms, their babies, pregnant women and the community to join in the fun at the 4th annual Breastfeeding Fair on Friday, August 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Warren County Health Department at 465 West 15th Street in Front Royal, Va. Activities for everyone will include displays, games, snacks, a photo booth, and tables featuring community organizations with information, giveaways and door prizes.
The event celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, and its theme of sustainability. According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, breastfeeding encourages us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and how we can care for the world we share.
New for the Fair this year is “The Global Big Latch On” – an effort to have as many women as possible gather at local sites to breastfeed at the same moment and offer peer support to each other. Last year more than 15,000 women breastfed their children at the same time at more than 650 locations around the world. The Breastfeeding Fair is a registered location and we hope many women will participate in this event to support breastfeeding at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 5.
Dr. Charles Devine, LFHD health director said, “This Fair demonstrates our commitment to supporting breastfeeding in the community. Breastfeeding offers many benefits to children including a lower risk of childhood obesity and fewer respiratory infections. Benefits to mothers include a lower risk of health problems like breast and ovarian cancer and the assurance that a mother’s breast milk contains the precise amount of nutrients her baby needs.”
The Fair is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. The schedule of activities includes:
- 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Open House
- 10 a.m. “The Global Big Latch On” Registration
- 10:30 a.m. “The Global Big Latch On” Event
- 1 p.m. Mom & Baby Story Time
- 1:30 p.m. Fun & Fit with WIC Activity
The Fair is supported by the LFHD Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information on the Lord Fairfax Health District visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/LordFairfax/. For World Breastfeeding Week activities and information, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ and for the Global Big Latch On, visit www.biglatchon.org/.