Are you fully prepared if our area is hit by a storm? Many childrens' lives were lost after hurricane Katrina when mothers didn't have clean water and supplies.
This week is National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (NBAW). Thursday morning, a few branches of the Bay County Health Department invited young mothers to come together in downtown Panama City to discuss breastfeeding tips and how to be prepared during emergency situations.
Healthy Start expert, Cheryl Repel, gave women advice and stressed the importance of knowing what materials are needed for your baby including: formula, water and food, should a disaster strike.
“The Health Department is really focusing on this right now because it's the first step of prevention for our babies," said Repel. "We're going to be a healthy Florida and so breastfeeding is the very first step to having a healthy Florida."
Annette Kerr, a new breastfeeding mom said, “I think it's very important for woman to get out and support each other and so that they know they are not the only one out there that have issues when things aren’t going as planned. Sometimes it's very difficult, it's great for the baby....it's great for mom."
The nationwide campaign also aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, increase social acceptance of breastfeeding and promote support.
Florida 'WIC', Women, Infants and Children, is a special food and nutrition education program.
Jennifer Smith, Owner of 'Nursing Mommies'
The Healthy Start care coordinators work closely with private providers, Healthy Families family support workers from Life Management Center, WIC, Bay District Schools, Tyndall Family Advocacy, and the Pregnancy Center to insure that the needs of the client are met.
For more information on these programs, visit the links below.