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August 03, 2016


NEW PORT RICHEY – The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) celebrates August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and sustainable development.  

“The success rate of mothers who want to breastfeed can be improved through support from families, friends and our community.” Said Mike Napier, County Health Officer.  “Our support of breastfeeding is critical to the health and wellness of moms and babies in Pasco.”

According to Florida CHARTs, in 2015 80% of news moms in Pasco initiated breastfeeding compared to the state rate of 84%.  According to the CDC, support for breastfeeding is needed in many different arenas including hospitals and birth centers, worksites, and communities.

DOH-Pasco provides assistance to new moms through a support line where moms can call with breastfeeding questions or concerns and free Breastfeeding classes are being offered at WIC (Women, Infants and Children) clinics throughout the county.  Classes include topics such as starting out right, safe storage and return to work support.  

DOH-Pasco will host World Breastfeeding Week Celebration on Friday August 5th at clinic sites across the county.   Breastfeeding Moms are encouraged to join us to breastfeed and offer peer support at the Global Big Latch On! Celebrations will take place at the following clinics from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm: 

  • Dade City 13941 15th St. (352) 521-1450 
  • New Port Richey 5640 Main      Street (727)      841-4425
  • Land O’Lakes 4135 Land O’Lakes      Blvd (813) 558-5173
  • Zephyrhills 4717 Airport Rd. (813) 780-0740
  • Hudson 11611 Denton Ave. (727) 861-5661

Join us in breaking the global record for The Big Latch On! Be a part of breastfeeding history! The official Latch On is promptly @ 10:30 am. If you would like to participate in the latch on please arrive by 10:00 am to check in.

Non-WIC participants are Welcome!

For more information please contact Rachel Romero at 813-345-3307.