Join us for World Breastfeeding Week's celebration on August 1-5!
Look for our honorees in the newspapers and on-line (like right here). We have an individual, a small business and a large business, all who advcoate and support breastfeeding in Grant County! (See previos honorees)
Join us for the celebration on Friday, Aug 5, 2011!
In the morning, WIC will pamper 198 moms who are breastfeeding in southwest New Mexico @ the Grant County Business & Conference Center. These ladies have saved over $237,600 for their families and tax payers by making a healthy choice for their babies future (and cut their medical costs by a third!).
At 5 p.m., the party moves to Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Miller Library for the Mom & Baby Moment Photograph Display with the announcement of the photo contest winners, naming our WBFW Honorees, and a screening of the acclaimed documentary, Babies. If that's not enough--refreshments, too!
Learn more about our council:
The Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council is coalition of medical providers, parents, lactation consultants, community members, Health Councils, and services which help support parents decision to give their children the healthiest start possible by breastfeeding. We serve Catron, Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties with education, promotion, resources and support for breastfeeding. We are part of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce.
Anyone with breastfeeding questions, concerns or issues can call the Lactation Consultants at Gila Regional Medical Center: (575) 538-4676 for free and confidencial consultations.
New Mexico has been a leader in protecting the rights of breastfeeding mothers. New Mexico law protects a mother's right to "breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present (NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-1).” The law was created to protect breastfeeding mothers from discrimination and censure for doing what comes naturally. Furthermore, New Mexico "requires employers to provide a clean, private place, not a bathroom, for employees who are breastfeeding to pump." Also requires that the employee be given breaks to express milk, but does not require that she be paid for this time (NMSA 2007 Section 28-20-1). Our Council has consultants available to work with any business to become compliant with the law and make space for their employee mother's comfort, which studies have shown breastfeeding mothers miss less work and are more productive thanks to the support of their employers. Call (575) 538-4676 for the Gila Regional Medical Center Lactation Consultant.
In the first week of August each year, the Southwest Breastfeeding Council celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. We honor local individuals and businesses that have promoted and supported breastfeeding in our community.
Past honorees during World Breastfeeding Week: