August is Breastfeeding Month. It was marked by an informational event at the Red River Parish Health unit, organized by Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner.
Mothers and expectant moms were invited to get information on the benefits of breastfeeding. Turner pointed out that both the baby and the mother benefit when the child is breastfed.
The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling supervisor, Angie Jerry attended. She provided information on that service. Jerry said, “We’re hiring Peer Counselors. Mothers on WIC who have breastfed for at least six months can become counselors. It is a full-time, paid position.” Contact Jerry at 318-614-8331 if interested in signing up to become a counselor or getting more information about WIC.
The LSU Ag Center was represented at the event. Diane Uzzle had a table of information. She also provided insulated carry bags and other goodies for attendees. She was giving information on the SNAP program.
Another topic covered at the gathering was childhood immunizations. The Health Unit provides vaccinations for qualified recipients. They also provide shot records for kids attending school.