I had the pleasure to help organize and attend the 3rd Annual Family Expo and Latch On Texas at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens on August 2, 2014.
I am a member of the Tarrant County Breastfeeding Coalition, a grassroots movement to increase breastfeeding practices in Tarrant County. The purpose of the Latch On event is to bring awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public. All over the state of Texas, babies latched on to nurse from 10:30 am to 10:31 am. The unofficial count of latched mothers was 277 at Fort Worth location. Sites all over the state participated, and I look forward to see how many babies were latched from around the state.
Within the coalition, I am the co-chair of the African-American Task Force. We have a special mission to reach Black breastfeeding families in Tarant County, Texas. I am really passionate about participating in this capacity because I am very committed to getting more Black mothers and babies to breastfeed. Breastfeeding impacts so many aspects of health that our community particulary needs to improve. Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies bond, decreases postpartum depression, improves and speeds up mothers' postpartum healing, decreases chances of obesity in the child, makes the child more likely to eat healthier, encourages brain development and higher IQ, and decreases mom's chances of breast cancer. I could go on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Happy National Breastfeeding Month!
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