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Florida Health Promotes Breastfeeding During World Breastfeeding Month

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Port St. Joe, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County is highlighting the importance of breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding plays a critical role in healthy development from the very beginning of a child’s life.

“One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties. “The health department has Certified Lactation Counselors available to assist pregnant mothers as well as breastfeeding support services offered through our Healthy Start program. Additionally, our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program continues to provide free breastfeeding classes in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.”