NEWARK, NJ - The Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection/Project LAUNCH will be hosting  a Breastfeeding Symposium on Wednesday October 15, 2014 in Newark NJThe event will be from 9:00 am -3:45 pm at the Crystal Ballroom at the Robert Treat Hotel.

More Than Just “Baby-Friendly” will address breastfeeding’s role as a protective factor in infant mental health, the role that culture plays in breastfeeding, for both mothers and health care workers, and the importance of building a community around breastfeeding mothers to address ongoing breastfeeding disparities in Essex County and around the state.

The target audience includes: The staff of the Essex County maternity care hospitals including nurses, physicians and social workers; Essex County community based organizations; DCP&P staff; Essex County Family Success Centers; Evidence-based home visitation programs; Faith based organizations; Childcare providers and infant toddler specialists; Essex County pediatricians and family physicians; Affiliated maternal/infant/pediatric health care providers such as doulas, child birth educators and lactation consultants; Infant mental health specialists candidates for the NJ AIMH endorsement; Community re-development programs that focus on toxic stress strategies and anti-poverty initiatives; Essex County WIC staff and WIC breastfeeding peer counselors; IPO Community Health Workers, Grandparents, parents and other community members.

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For more information contact:

Sara Lewis, MPH

Young Child Wellness Coordinator, Project LAUNCH

Essex Pregnancy and Parenting Connection

973-621-9157 x 143

35 Halsey Street, 4th Floor

Newark NJ 07102