Breastfeeding week: CO ranks high for breastfeeding |

Breastfeeding week: CO ranks high for breastfeeding

Submitted by Grand County Public Health

The first week of August, Aug. 1 through Aug. 7, is recognized as World Breastfeeding Week. Countries and organizations around the world hold special events and education to help promote the use of breast milk as the premier source of infant and childhood nutrition.

Breastfeeding acceptance and rates vary from country to country. In America, rates range from state to state. Mississippi reports a 52 percent “ever breastfed” rate, while Idaho reports a rate of 92.9 percent in the same category. Colorado has one of the highest rates of “ever breastfed” in America at 88.6 percent. These statistics were reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Breastfeeding Report Card 2016.

Did you know that breastfeeding services are available through Grand County Public Health at no cost to any family in the county?

Marilyn Banks, BSN, RN, CPN, CLC provides in home or in office visits to assist with breastfeeding at any point in the breastfeeding relationship of a mother and child. Requests for support can be made by calling Grand County Public Health at 970-725-3288.

In addition to breastfeeding support, the nurse is able to complete a needs assessment to help connect families with other county and community services if needed. Grand County Public Health welcomes the opportunity to help support the health goals of each individual family within the community.

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