Tallahassee Residents Prepare to kick off World Breastfeeding Week with a Walk

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 16:18:33-04

TALLAHASSEE Fla.-- In Leon County residents are getting ready for a walk to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County, the WIC nutrition program, the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition and the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition are all co-sponsoring the walk in order to raise awareness about the health benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child.

The walk will take place during the first week of August, which is World Breastfeeding Week.

According to the Department of Health, 77 percent of mothers in Leon County initiate breastfeeding.

The department says they hope to show the community why there is a need for developing policies and practices that make it easy and safe for mother's to nurse their babies.

The walk is all about promoting the practice and educating mothers,

but the walk is not the only time resources are available to women who want to learn more; the department holds weekly breastfeeding support groups in the community.

The public is invited to Crum Box Gastgarden in Railroad Square Art Park, located at 602 Industrial Drive in Tallahassee, at 8 a.m. on August 6 to register for the short walk.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.