HOUSTON – (Aug. 16, 2011) – Through its Lactation Foundation, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will be encouraging new moms to breastfeed their infants by helping host the Big Pink Bus, which is traveling to Houston as part of its “Latch On America” campaign. The educational outreach effort is part of a 30-city bus tour sponsored by “Milk for Thought,” an organization that connects pregnant and breastfeeding moms with local experts, counselors, support groups and baby-friendly hospitals.
According to the 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.
WHAT: Invitation to the public to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month by learning more about the benefits of breastfeeding, including free consultations on breastfeeding from the UTHealth Lactation Foundation.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Speakers begin at 11 a.m.
WHO: Pamela Berens, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UTHealth Medical School, a Fellow of the American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a lactation consultant at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Alisa Sanders, R.N., board-certified lactation consultant and clinic manager of the Lactation Foundation, part of the UTHealth Department of Pediatrics WIC Program, which offers free services to breastfeeding moms.
Nancy M. Hurst, Ph.D., R.N., director of Women’s Support Services and the Lactation Program and Milk Bank at Texas Children’s Hospital.
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, Houston, TX 77004
WHY: The Lactation Foundation is part of the UTHealth Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics WIC Program. The center is devoted to nutritionally at-risk women and children. As part of its mission, the center also provides helpful information for the general community and trains WIC staff and other healthcare professionals in breastfeeding management. WIC is a federally funded program designed to improve the health of low- and middle-income mothers and children.
MEDIA: Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth, 713-500-3304; 713-500-3030 hotline
Deborah Mann Lake
Media Contact: 713-500-3030