Suzy Hitt drinks a lot of water and eats healthy foods. “Pregnancy and breastfeeding has also made me more aware of my own nutrition,” said Hitt. “What I eat affects me and her, and so I naturally want the best.”
During the morning Breastfeeding Awareness event, the group walked from Delhi Square to the SUNY Delhi entrance and back. Infants and children were in strollers, carriers and wagons.
Informational booths were set up on the Square, including Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). “CCE has for a long time had programs to advocate for breastfeeding,” said Jeanne Darling, director of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
“Like the WIC program, we have lactation counseling and nutrition educators,” said Darling. “Our agencies can also loan out breast pumps.”
“Throughout the year, CCE has set up stations at work sites to support working mothers who are breastfeeding,” said Darling. “Or, counselors go into the home. The systems of support cover both personal encouragement, plus technique, to ensure the best breastfeeding experience.
“The latest research shows that breastfeeding is the healthiest nutrition for the baby,” said Darling. “There are statistics that show reduced allergies, obesity and diabetes in children who were fed breast milk.”