NKY Health Dept. Invites moms to participate in Breastfeeding Challenge
BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) - There’s a special invitation for new moms who can sign up to help set a new world record.
The Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Challenge is coming up next week.
During the challenge, moms around the world are competing against sites across the world to see which sites can gather the most babies to nurse at the same time.
A great mom is sharing why she hopes you'll sit in.
Katie Trump is now the mother of 5-month-old twins. She admits that when it comes to breastfeeding, Max and Madeline are very different.
“Actually, they are two completely different nursers, she is a snacker, and he is a meal man, he likes to eat all the time,” said Katie.
According to Katie, it takes not giving up to breastfeed
“That’s what it takes, lots of patience, lots of grace,” said Katie.
But she also can't wait to participate in the worldwide breastfeeding challenge
“We want to celebrate breastfeeding families and let them know the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Nancy Merk, NKYHD Breast Feeding Coordinator.
The hope is that the event will send a really important message that breastfeeding is best for babies when it comes to nutrition and has something extra special as well for mothers.
Breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies and ear infections, less diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.
It helps some moms return to their pre-pregnancy weights faster and then of course it saves money for the family, it's cost effective, since formula costs about $1,500 a year.
The challenge takes place next Saturday, September 30th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Boone County extension.
The goal of the event is to also let moms know there is support, if needed, for breastfeeding no matter where you live.