Olson Center invites public to free Breastfeeding Week events

The events support the goal of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to promote breastfeeding.

The Olson Center for Women's Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has planned several events to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week on Aug. 1-7.

The events support the goal of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action to promote the  importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.

“Because of the short- and long-term health benefits to both mother and baby, the American Academy of Pediatrics now considers breastfeeding no longer just a lifestyle choice but a public health issue,” said Lara Anderson, Olson Center lactation consultant. “We know that breastfeeding can be difficult in the first few weeks and new mothers need support and encouragement. World Breastfeeding Week is a great time to tell these new moms 'good job' and to help educate the community that breast milk is healthier.”

The schedule of events is listed below. Activities take place on the fourth floor of the Durham Outpatient Center located at 44th and Emile streets. Parking is available in the parking structure at the same location.

Friday, Aug. 1 -- breastfeeding education information, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- exhibits featuring baby-wearing (the practice of a mother transporting her baby in a wearable carrier), nursing bras and fitting, breastfeeding accessories, breast pumps and supplies, lactation counseling, yoga, pregnancy/delivery education and milk bank donation.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- free chair massages and pregnancy and infant wellness information.

Noon-1 p.m., Olson Center lactation consultants will speak on "Skin to Skin and the Sacred Hour." The lecture will discuss the importance of the first hour after birth and why it’s important.

Bring your lunch and refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited so registration is required. Call 402-559-6345 or email tsdawdy@unmc.edu.

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Vicky Cerino
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-5190