Here’s an event for pregnant women and new moms looking for info on breastfeeding support services

NORFOLK — The city’s Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) will be hosting a Breastfeeding Week Celebration in conjunction with National Breastfeeding Awareness Month on Friday.

The event is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, 201 East Little Creek Road. This event is open to all pregnant women and new moms, it aims to increase awareness for community mothers on the breastfeeding support services available to them throughout the community.

Information will be available about pregnancy, post-partum and breastfeeding support services throughout the community, Virginia breastfeeding laws, breastfeeding-friendly businesses, employers and daycares and what mothers need to know about successfully breastfeeding while working outside of the home, according to a news release from the city.

Free samples and raffles will be offered. Children are welcome to attend; crafts and active play activities will be available.

The WIC breastfeeding team is comprised of Ricaya McCray, breastfeeding coordinator and breastfeeding peer counselors, Jamie McGee and Kim Griffin-Brown.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed.

However, in the United States, although most mothers hope to breastfeed, and 81 percent of babies start out being breastfed, only 22 percent are exclusively breastfed six months later.

For information about the Friday event, call 757-451-7501.

For information about the Norfolk WIC program, click here.

You can also follow Norfolk WIC on Facebook and Twitter.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.