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NKY to Participate in World Breastfeeding Competition

The Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Challenge 2015 will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, at the Campbell County Extension in Cold Spring.

During the challenge, Northern Kentucky mothers and children will compete against sites across the world to see which can gather the most babies latched on and nursing at the same time. It is sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition.

Besides the breastfeeding count at 11:00 a.m., the event will also feature information on local breastfeeding resources, a raffle, snacks, and an appearance by new mom Alison Montoya, formerly of WLWT-TV.

More Kentucky babies are being breastfed, but rates are still below the national average. A total of 61 percent of Kentucky babies born in 2011 were ever breastfed, compared to 59 percent of babies born in 2004. In 2011 the national rate of breastfeeding at birth was 79 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sustaining breastfeeding, however, is difficult for American families: Just 31 percent of Kentucky babies are still breastfed at six months of age, compared to 49 percent nationwide. The Healthy People 2020 goal is for 80 percent of babies to be breastfed at birth, and 60 percent at six months of age.   

Mothers who plan to participate in the October 3 challenge are asked to register in advance on the Health Department’s website at http://www.nkyhealth.org/Current-Programs/breastfeedingchallenge.aspx or by calling Nancy Merk at 859-363-2113.

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