State programs to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month

The state’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will emphasize the importance of breastfeeding by participating in World Breastfeeding Week, which begins Saturday. The theme this year is supporting breastfeeding for a healthier planet. There will be presentations throughout the month of August on breastfeeding safely during the pandemic, according to a news release. August 1 will also be the kickoff for National Breastfeeding Month. According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding reduces child mortality and provides health benefits that last into adulthood.