By JD LONG
HARRISON COUNTY – The women with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of Harrison County want everyone to know the health benefits to breastfeeding as they met at the Puskarich Library in Cadiz, Tuesday.
“Through the Ohio WIC the theme is, working together for breast feeing success,” Coordinator for Harrison County WIC, Paula Celestino said.
Ohio’s website describes WIC as …”the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition.”
Celestino said breastfeeding can also help to prevent breast cancer and cancer.org seems to back that up to a certain extent in an article written by Debbie Saslow, PhD, though she adds, studies have been inconsistent.
WIC is also affiliated with Harrison Community Hospital where they assist with grants. The women of WIC said they try and do something every year to raise awareness on the healthy practice of breastfeeding. WIC is also celebrating 40 years in Harrison County in providing nutrition education.
Harrison County’s WIC members will be at Harrison Central’s back to school rally on Aug. 26, which runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information please go to: https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx.
You can also find a WIC clinic near you by calling, 1-800-755-GROW (4769).