August is Guam's Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 

 The Department of Public Health and Social Services, the Guam Breastfeeding Action Team of the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Regional Medical City, Guam Community College, University of Guam, Breastfeeding World and other community partners are please to recognize August 2018 as “ Guam Breastfeeding Awareness Month." The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has declared this year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life."

 

This will be marked by a variety of events.

 

Guam’s breastfeeding moms, their infants and breastfeeding advocates will gather for the 'Global Latch-on,' Saturday, August 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Governor’s Conference Room in Adelup. The Latch-on is a world-wide community-building event held every August to celebrate global Breastfeeding and aims to provide peer support, and to promote and normalize breastfeeding. A proclamation signing ceremony with Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio will be at 11:00 a.m.

 

The 5th Annual Guam Breastfeeding Awareness Health Fair will be held at the Micronesia Mall on Saturday, August 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breastfeeding information, raffle prizes, health screening, educational table top exhibits and entertainment will be featured. The fair aims to increase public awareness and support of breastfeeding and Guam’s Public Law 32-098 known as the Nana Yan Patgon Act. This law allows working mothers to sustain their breast milk supply while at work. It also serves to protect a woman’s right to breastfeed in private or public establishments and recognizes the act of breastfeeding as normal and natural.

 

For more information, please contact or e-mail the Breastfeeding Action Team members, Diana Santos at 735-7356, diana.santos@dphss.guam.gov or Adelina Portela at 475-0295, adelina.portela@dphss.guam.gov.

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