Initiative designed to ‘normalize’ breastfeeding in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has announced the âBreastfeeding Appropriate Child Care Designation Initiativeâ for child care providers.
âMaking breastfeeding culturally normal in the state of West Virginia is a goal, because it is normal and it is the best health you can provide for your child,â said the coordinator of the breastfeeding WIC, Jodi Giancola.
It is designed to provide essential support to breastfeeding mothers, who can return to work during their baby’s first year of life with little or no support.
This partnership is between three alliances, is voluntary, and is open to all licensed child care centers, registered facilities and family care providers.
Some mothers hope that breastfeeding in public will become more culturally acceptable.
âMy two children have been breastfed, and that’s natural. It’s a biological process, âsaid Crystal Lovett, breastfeeding consultant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life and continued breastfeeding for the baby’s first year.
âBreastfeeding, while natural, is not always instinctive. It’s not easy for everyone, âsaid Lovett
The goal is to help make the process of pumping or naturally feeding babies a safe and comfortable environment for mothers.
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