Aug. 12 walk to raise awareness about breastfeeding

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month in August, Great River Health Systems is sponsoring a walk to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.

The walk is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, around Great River Health Systems’ lake. It will include:

  • Information about services for women and infants
  • Dunk tank, three balls for $2
  • Door-prize drawing, 10:45 a.m.
  • Free refreshments

Participants who aren’t already registered are encouraged to pay the $5 registration fee at the walk. Proceeds will be used to purchase donor milk from Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa. Donor milk is used at Great River Medical Center by newborns with special needs and those who need supplemental milk while their mothers are breastfeeding.

Some benefits of breastfeeding are:

  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.
  • Breastfeeding protects babies from illnesses including diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

For more information about the walk, breastfeeding or donating breast milk to Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, please call (319) 768-2618.