City of Hendersonville and Henderson County proclaimed Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities

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 lbradley@hendersoncountync.gov.

News about the City of Hendersonville and Henderson County Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community proclamations:

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