County Providing Breastfeeding Rest Stop Booth at Humboldt County Fair for Eighth Year

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services:

Humboldt County Seal 2017The Breastfeeding Task Force (BFTF) of Humboldt County is providing a Breastfeeding Rest Stop booth at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale Thursday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 26.

The rest stop, located inside Hindley Hall near the women’s restroom, is open to all families and provides a quiet place where mothers can relax while breastfeeding their babies.

The Breastfeeding Task Force works to increase awareness about a mother’s right to breastfeed in public, as well as increase community awareness about the recommended duration of breastfeeding. Members of the BFTF include lactation consultants, health care providers, doulas, peer counselors and mothers.

According to Civil Code § 43.3 (1997), a mother has the right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private.

The booth will have information available about breastfeeding support in the community. According to Healthy People 2020, Humboldt County’s exclusive breastfeeding rate is just over 75 percent upon leaving the hospital after birth, and the rate decreases rapidly during the first three months.

The BFTF encourages parents to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of exclusively breastfeeding infants for about six months, and then up to one year or as long as is mutually desired and safe for mother and baby.

For more information about the Breastfeeding Task Force, meeting times and locations and how to get involved, call 707-441-5573.

Feature photo from Wikimedia Commons by the United States Department of Agriculture

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4 comments

  • WillSmithFreshPrinceOfHumCO

    What do they need that crap for? Just give em a bottle of that good old baby formula filled with nice delicious GMO’s, glyphosate, BPA, and soy. Oh make you follow the CDC guidelines for vaccinations! Dont want to miss the chances @ autism for your young one.

  • Or let them breastfeed wherever they damn well please. I wish our baby was still on the boob just so we could breastefeed outside the little booth. According to being on earth you can breastfeed anywhere, not because of some law with letters and numbers . Why are we all sheeple?

  • When I breastfeed my baby she was easly distracted by any action in the room. She didn’t want to miss anything. A nice quite place to sit kept her focused and got the feeding over faster.

  • I used this last year. It was really nice to have a place with a comfortable chair out of the sun and wind to feed the baby for a moment.

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