Breastfeeding awareness walk held in Hialeah

HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Families walked for breastfeeding awareness in Hialeah, Saturday.

The Fifth Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk took place at Amelia Earhart Park. Organizers provided families with food, music and fun while educating the community on the importance of breastfeeding.

“Many studies time and time again have proven that it is the preferred method,” said Erica Grover of the Florida Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children program. “It’s the safest for your baby, and it provides all the nutrients that your baby needs.”

“The mom transfers the antibodies to the children,” said attendee Leisa Tummings. “It’s more healthy, it’s easier to digest, sometimes, than the formula, and it’s just natural.”

The Zika virus was also discussed at the event. Mothers were told that, despite the presence of the mosquito-borne virus in South Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still encourages breastfeeding. Insect repellent was offered free of charge as a precaution.

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