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World Breastfeeding Week Kicks Off!

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World Breastfeeding Week is kicking off and locals are walking to raise awareness and support.

Saturday, the Southern Tier Breast feeding Coalition held its 9th annual Walk to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

More than 150 people came out to the Town of Dickinson in support of breast feeding. The theme of this year's walk was "Breast Feeding and Work. Let's Make it Work," encouraging employers to allow staff to support pumping in a designated area in the workplace.

Organizers say that research states infants who are not breast fed are sick more often, resulting in parents needing to take time off of work to care for them.


"Women have been breastfeeding for years and years. It's just that here, particularly in the United States, we've moved away from that. And so we're really trying to move towards that again and in order for us to do that, women need support," said Public Health Educator at BC Health Dept. Diane O'Hora.
"It's not as easy as some people make it sound like, 'oh, you know you don't have to prepare bottles or wash bottles or anything like that. But there's so much more involved with breastfeeding. It's like a dedication and commitment, it's kind of like a lifestyle," said Susquehanna Valley Resident Shelby Tennant.

for more information contact the Broome County Health Department.