August is National Breastfeeding Month! This year’s 2021 National Breastfeeding Month theme is Every Step of the Way with a focus on the importance of Continuity of Care. National Breastfeeding Month 2021 includes the following weekly observances:
- Week 1 – World Breastfeeding Week: Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility
- Week 2 – Native Breastfeeding Week: Nourishing Our Futures
- Week 3 – Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Week: Reclaiming Our Traditions
- Week 4 – Black Breastfeeding Week: The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power
In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, Miami-Dade County partners are coming together to host 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI to celebrate and build a strong breastfeeding support network. This is a community collaboration to educate, support, and promote breastfeeding in Miami-Dade County. The goal of this very special month is to provide education to new and expecting mothers, fathers, and their families, as well as the community about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding. Our main goal in promoting breastfeeding is to support the health of the babies and children within our community. Breastfeeding is recognized as the normative way to feed infants, and it is well known that infants who are breastfed for 6 months and beyond have significant lifelong health advantages over those who are not.
Please see below upcoming events that will support 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Big Latch On
Join us for the 2021 BreastfeedMIAMI Virtual Big Latch On event on Saturday August 7, 2021 at 9:45am. Each year, the Global Big Latch On event gathers people together to breastfeed and offer peer to peer support. You can participate in the comfort of your own home and be part of the global effort to break the world record of breastfeeding babies. This event helps promote and support breastfeeding in our community and around the world! Register today using the link above. The event will take place on Zoom! Follow the @MiamiDadeWIC Facebook page for more information or call 786-336-1336. Event flyers are also availabe here in Spanish and Creole.
Colors of Breastfeeding
“The Colors of Breastfeeding” is a visual photography campaign that showcases the beauty of breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities that represent the Miami-Dade Community. The families selected will participate in a professional photo shoot and receive high resolution images to commemorate their experience. The photography will be used by the Miami-Dade WIC Program to promote the diversity and uniqueness of our WIC families in both print and digital media. If you would like to sign up for a chance to participate in this photography event, please email the WIC program at DOHMD.WICOutreach@flhealth.gov. Event flyers are also available here in Spanish and Creole.
The Art of Breastfeeding
The Art of Breastfeeding is an artistic and visual celebration highlighting the beauty and diversity of breastfeeding women and their families in Miami-Dade. It consists of an exhibition showcasing visual art pieces of numerous art forms, styles and media of breastfeeding women of various backgrounds and ethnicities by local artists (photographers, painters, muralists, etc.). This will be followed by a virtual art gallery. Select images will later be portrayed in a 2022 wall calendar to be made widely available to the public.
The Art of Breastfeeding will be hosted on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. This event will be open and free to the public. Event flyers are also available here in Spanish and Creole.
More details coming soon.
Breastfeeding Advocate Sponsors
Breast Friend Sponsors
Loving Support Sponsors
- Urban Oasis Project
- The Children’s Movement
- Jessie Trice Community Health System
- March of Dimes
- Kiwanis of Northeast Miami-Dade