The Breastfeeding Committee of the St. Maarten Medical Center will be hosting their second annual Breastfeeding Expo on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 2pm – 7pm.
The theme for this year’s awareness campaign is “Breastfeeding a key to sustainable development”, with 17 breastfeeding sustainable development goals. At this event, a variety of information and resources will be available to breastfeeding and soon-to-be breastfeeding families.
This year the event will host informational booths from the islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla and French St. Martin. CPS and Educare will also be present with booths at the event. Educare foundation will be taking part again this year and will provide information for families who wish to continue providing breast milk for their baby after returning to work.
Presentations by the SMMC breastfeeding committee will demonstrate various tips and nutritional information to attendees. A support group discussion will be held. Families will have opportunities to share their experiences with breastfeeding and share ideas and tips with one another.
“Our goal is to reach out to the community where breastfeeding becomes more than just mother and baby, but also a part of the community as a whole. We want to have extended families involved and provide necessary support to mothers,” says breastfeeding team leader Nurse Stacy-Ann Violenes.
During the year, support group sessions will continue to be held to educate new and expectant mothers and provide them with valuable information.