There is exciting news from Henderson County, North Carolina! On November 18th, 2020, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners proclaimed Henderson County to be a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. Read the Henderson County Proclamation here.
This followed a similar proclamation on September 3rd, 2020, by the City of Hendersonville as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. The City of Hendersonville Proclamation was presented by Steven E. Smith, henderson County Health Directory and Barbara G. Volk, City of Hendersonville Mayor. Read the City of Hendersonville Proclamation here.
…breastfeeding can reduce development of diabetes as much as 30 to 40% and said he appreciated the support of City Council and the community in creating the right environment and policies which improves the mother’s health and the health of the infant. Mayor Barbara Volk and City Council proclaimed the City of Hendersonville as a Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community. By providing a supportive and welcoming environment, a breastfeeding friendly community safeguards the health of mothers and infants and encourages families of all races and ethnicities to continue breastfeeding.Steven E. Smith, Henderson County Health Director
The Henderson County Breastfeeding Coalition is made up of interested community members and is always seeking new members. If interested in joining, please contact WIC Director and Breastfeeding Program Coordinator Lori Bradley at 828-694-6027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
News about the City of Hendersonville and Henderson County Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community proclamations:
- Henderson County declared a breastfeeding family friendly community (https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/health/page/henderson-county-declared-breastfeeding-family-friendly-community)
- Hendersonville wants to make life easier for new moms (https://wlos.com/news/local/hendersonville-wants-to-make-life-easier-for-new-moms)
City of Hendersonville Proclamation – Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community
City of Hendersonville Proclamation - Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community - full text WHEREAS, families of all races and ethnicities are a priority in the City of Hendersonville, and part of helping families to thrive is ensuring that they receive community support to develop and sustain healthy lifestyles; and WHEREAS, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Academy of Family Physicians, and other leading health organizations, breastfeeding is the optimal food for infants; and WHEREAS, a parent’s decision to breastfeed should be supported by family members, employers, and community; and WHEREAS, breastfeeding is associated with lower rates of infant mortality, childhood illness, such diabetes, and infectious diseases, as well as reduced risk of maternal breast and ovarian cancers and a faster recovery from childbirth as compared to formula feeding; and WHEREAS, breastfeeding promotes bonding, benefits the entire family, and is associated with lifelong health and development; and WHEREAS, collaborating with healthcare providers and community resources can positively impact breastfeeding success; and WHEREAS, our community encourages our hospitals, AdventHealth Hendersonville, and Pardee Hospital, to pursue the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative designation; and WHEREAS, by providing a supportive and welcoming environment, a breastfeeding friendly community safeguards the health of mothers and infants, and encourages families of all races and ethnicities to continue breastfeeding; NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Hendersonville does hereby proclaim the City of Hendersonville to be a “Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community.” PROCLAIMED this 3rd Day of September 2020