Wednesday, 31 May 2017 16:35

Breastfeeding Coalition and OCO to Host Community Baby Shower June 16

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Planning Committee Members representing The Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition (OCBC) and Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) WIC program meet in preparation for the annual Community Baby Shower. From left in front are Sally-Ann Danforth, Amanda Barbera, Kathy Distin, Stephanie Keltz with Julian, Morgan Kelly, and Christina Bentley. In the back row, from left are Kyleigh Kinney, Anna McNamara, and Lisa Emmons. Absent from photo is Mary Ellen Pierce. Planning Committee Members representing The Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition (OCBC) and Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) WIC program meet in preparation for the annual Community Baby Shower. From left in front are Sally-Ann Danforth, Amanda Barbera, Kathy Distin, Stephanie Keltz with Julian, Morgan Kelly, and Christina Bentley. In the back row, from left are Kyleigh Kinney, Anna McNamara, and Lisa Emmons. Absent from photo is Mary Ellen Pierce. Submitted photo

The Oswego County Breastfeeding Coalition (OCBC), in collaboration with Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), will host a free Community Baby Shower at Oswego Hospital June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open to all new and expectant mothers, the event will feature a number of presentations and information on the benefits of breastfeeding, proper nutrition for newborns, and more.

 

“This is a must attend event for new moms and expecting moms,” said Mary Ellen Pierce, breastfeeding coordinator and nutritionist with OCO’s WIC program. “We have partnered with Oswego Health, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Mother Earth Baby, OCO OPTIONS program, Oswego County Dept. of Health, Oswego County OB/GYN and the Pregnancy Care Center to put together a program that will provide vital information regarding the expectations of motherhood. The goal of our Community Baby Shower is to educate new and expecting moms on how breastfeeding works as well as the physical and emotional benefits that breastfeeding offers both mother and baby.”

In addition to the presentations there will be a panel of nursing mothers that serve as peer counselors through WIC on hand to answer questions and address concerns regarding breastfeeding. “It will be an excellent opportunity to engage in open conversation with mothers that are willing to candidly share their experiences and dispel any misconceptions regarding breastfeeding,” said Pierce.

The Community Baby Shower is free to attend and open to all new and expecting mothers. Breakfast and snacks will be provided and as will all baby showers the event will include free gifts. As space is limited registration is required. For more information and to register to attend call Mary Ellen Pierce at 315-343-1311.

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