Tallahassee Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month

Jul 31, 2018

82% of Leon County mothers breastfeed, according to a 2016 study by the Florida Department of Health.
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As of July, mothers in all 50 states can freely breastfeed in public. This comes right in time for August, National Breastfeeding Month.

National Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from August 1st to the 7th. Dykibra Gaskin is the Public Health Nutrition Director for the Woman, Infants, and Children Division of the Leon County Health Department. She says her program is hosting the fourth annual Breastfeed Walk for Awareness at Lake Ella.

“We’re coming back to Lake Ella to just have a little bit more of a visible presence to Tallahassee and Leon County,” says Gaskin.

The Breastfeeding Walk will take place from 8 AM to noon on Saturday, August 4th. Mothers are asked to bring their families and walk the lake. There will be giveaways, local vendors, and doulas providing information on the birthing process and benefits of breastfeeding.