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DOH-Miami-Dade and Partners Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month with 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI and the Art of Breastfeeding

August 19, 2021

Miami, FL — In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County WIC Program and local partners will host 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI. This year's theme— Breastfeeding: Every Step of the Way focuses on the importance of ‘continuity of care’, highlighting breastfeeding as the foundation of lifelong good health for mothers, fathers, and the family unit.

Together, this extraordinary collaborative aims to educate, support, and promote breastfeeding with the goal of supporting the health of babies and children within our community. Breastfeeding is recognized as the normative way to feed infants, and it is well known that infants who are breastfed for 6 months and beyond have significant lifelong health advantages over those who are not.

National Breastfeeding Month’s weekly observances and themes include:

Week 1 – World Breastfeeding Week, Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility

Week 2 – Indigenous Milk Medicine Week, Nourishing Our Futures

Week 3 – Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Week, Reclaiming Our Traditions

Week 4 – Black Breastfeeding Week, The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power

In honor of August being National Breastfeeding Month, BreastfeedMIAMI 2021 has hosted several events throughout the community: Colors of Breastfeeding, The Virtual Big Latch On and the upcoming first ever, one-of-a-kind, Art of Breastfeeding.

What: The Art of Breastfeeding is an artistic and visual exhibition showcasing the beauty and diversity of breastfeeding, pump-feeding, and chest-feeding among mothers, fathers and members of diverse family settings and ethnicities. All families are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The event and parking are FREE. There will be resources, prizes, and refreshments available. Free backpacks for the first 50 students. A fun-filled day for the entire family.

When: Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Little Haiti Cultural Center, Caribbean Marketplace, located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137.

Who: The 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI Collaboration is made up of an extensive network of community partners that include: Kiwanis of Northeast Miami-Dade, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, The Children’s Movement, Ambetter from Sunshine Health, Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, Fatherhood Taskforce of South Florida, FlU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, ICU Baby, Metro Mommy Agency, and My Mom Glow.

Sponsors: Contributing sponsors include The Children’s Trust, Community Medical Group, FIU Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, Kiwanis of Northeast Miami-Dade, Flower Fairy, Jessie Trice Community Health System, Live Healthy Miami Gardens, March of Dimes, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, The Children’s Movement, The Children’s Trust, and Urban Oasis Project to who we are grateful.

The Miami-Dade WIC Program provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and family resources to more than 60,000 women, infants, children, and families in Miami-Dade County. If you're pregnant, recently postpartum, or a caretaker of a child under age five, you can get personalized support for you and your family at one of our WIC Centers. It is easy to apply, simply call our appointment center at 786.336.1300, Monday through Friday from 7:15am – 5:00pm. Visit us at miamidadewic.org for more information.