Black Breastfeeding Week starts Thursday

Black Breastfeeding Week starts Thursday
Source: Ashley Gilliard
Source: Ashley Gilliard

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - African American moms, dads, expectant moms and all women are invited to attend a Black Breastfeeding Week event in Summerville.

The event will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Azalea Park on South Magnolia and East 4th South Street.

This is the second year of the event locally.

The theme last year was "Lift Every Baby."  At that event, African American parents and grandparents lifted infants and toddlers into the air to mark the celebration.

The movement is designed to bring an awareness to the African American community about the benefits of breastfeeding. It offers support to moms who want to breastfeed, and provides a forum for women who want help them overcome challenges.

Black Breastfeeding Week is recognized nationwide Aug. 25 through 31.

The local movement was started by Devora Brown, and Ashley Gilliard. Jodi Privette is the local lactation consultant providing education for the women.

For more information, or to connect with the group, visit their event page http://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/ or http://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/

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