Breastfeeding Awareness Walk

BINGHAMTON, NY - New York joins a growing number of states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington) who are planning a very special celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. The New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition, local coalitions, community groups and families throughout the state have organized community walks to bring public attention to the importance of breastfeeding. Broome County welcomes the public to a Breastfeeding Awareness Walk scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on August 7, 2007 at the North Entrance of Otsiningo Park (off of Front Street) in Binghamton, NY.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies, with rare exceptions, be exclusively breastfed for six months, breastfed with complementary foods for at least one year, and should continue as long as mutually desired. Breastfeeding has been linked to benefits for both mother and child, as well as for society.

Benefits for the child include providing the infant with immune factors to protect against acute and chronic diseases, as well as an ideal balance of nutrients for optimal growth and development of the body and cognition. Research has linked breastfeeding with a decreased risk of obesity, asthma, diabetes, learning disabilities and behavior difficulties later in the child's life.

Breastfeeding has also been linked to benefits for the mother. These benefits include help with recovery from pregnancy and childbirth, as well as providing lifelong health advantages. Research has linked breastfeeding to advantages including decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Within society, breastfeeding has been linked to general economic benefits related with a decreased use of costly infant formula, reduced health care costs, and less sick days taken in the workplace due to healthier infants and mothers.

Infants are born with a heightened sense that influences them to naturally strive to get to know their mothers. Breastfeeding is a natural way for a mother and her child to bond. It is a healthy choice physically, as well as a means to enforce the emotional bond as early as possible between mother and child, producing benefits that can last a lifetime.

Across the country, we will walk as one in recognition of breastfeeding during the first national Breastfeeding Awareness Walk. For further information, please call 607.778.3904.