Take part in World Breastfeeding Week at the Utica Zoo on August 2nd. World Breastfeeding Week is an initiative of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

The objective of World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from August 1 through August 7, is to bring attention to the role breastfeeding plays in fours areas: the environment, poverty and nutrition, health and well-being, and women's productivity and employment. The week is also designed to make breastfeeding in public widely accepted.

The Mohawk Valley Breastfeeding Network, WIC, and the Utica Zoo are co-sponsoring the event. Moms get in free and guests pay a discounted rate for the special event: $4.75 for adults and $3.00 for children 3 and over. Children younger than 3 get in free. Guests are invited to bring a dish to share at the potluck lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm next to the playground.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn about breastfeeding among other mammals as you walk around the zoo because informational cards will be on display.

You can get more information from the event's Facebook page: World Breastfeeding Week at the Utica Zoo.

According to the Office on Women's Health:

  • Breastfed babies typically get sick less.
  • Breastfeeding can save a family more than $1,200 to $1,500 in formula-related expenses in a baby's first year alone.
  • Children who are breastfed have a lower rate of certain illnesses as they grow up.

If you'd like to learn more about the event, you can contact the organizer, GInger BF, on Facebook, or call 315-269-2042.

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