CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Governor Jim Justice declared August 1, 2022 through August 7, 2022 is West Virginia Breastfeeding week, in coordination with World Breastfeeding week.

This week is focused on the benefits of breastfeeding and how it contribute to the health and welfare of babies and mothers with a focus on good nutrition, poverty reduction, and food security.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Nutrition Services, West Virginia Women, Infants and Children Program is the state’s lead agency for West Virginia Breastfeeding Week.

“Recognizing the importance of breastfeeding and providing support for West Virginia’s breastfeeding babies and mothers is an important aspect of creating a healthier West Virginia. In addition to providing nutrition and breastfeeding education and referrals to health and social services, West Virginia WIC provides pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 with nutritious, supplemental foods,” said Heidi Staats, Director of DHHR’s Office of Nutrition Services, explaining the significance of this week and how there needs to be more education on the matter.

West Virginia Women, Infants and Children Program activities celebrating World Breastfeeding Week will occur statewide throughout the month of August.

The following are the activities and programs:

  • The Greenbrier County West Virginia WIC office will host an open house daily during the week of August 1-5 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  with staff meet and greets, swag bags, and raffles.
  • The Monongalia County West Virginia WIC office will host the 12th Annual Baby Buggy Stroll will be held August 3, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport. 
  • The state West Virginia WIC office will host a celebration on August 5, 2022 at the Westside Family Resource Center from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Nutrition education, information sessions, fresh healthy foods, and toiletries will be provided for attendees.
  • Mid-Ohio Valley West Virginia WIC will hold a celebration at Parkersburg City Park Shelter #18 on August 18, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with a firetruck, refreshments, and door prizes. 

To learn more and get more information about West Virginia Women, Infants and Children Program, please visit dhhr.wv.gov/wic or call (304) 558-0030.