By Sarah Long, August 2, 2017
World Breastfeeding Week, organized by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The theme for 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. The intersection between the nonprofit donor milk movement and this year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week, National Breastfeeding Month, and Black Breastfeeding Week centers around equity.
The Milk Bank is uniquely positioned as a community-based milk bank to provide equitable breastfeeding support and resources. In addition to providing pasteurized donor human milk to premature infants and others, our core programs include collaboration, education and promotion of the awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding and human milk as the optimal first food for all infants. The Milk Bank is expanding the support that women have received in the hospital with the goal of extending the duration of breastfeeding by launching a community support program. The Milk Bank’s Breastfeeding Resources & Assistance (B.R.A.) program helps to provide breastfeeding families access to counseling and support from lactation professionals, including an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) or CLS by offering free skilled lactation support, weight checks and pump checks, while promoting the value of human milk.
If you or someone you know is in need of lactation assistance or support please contact The Milk Bank to make an appointment for the B.R.A. program at 317-536-1670.