Centegra Health System and the McHenry County Department of Health Women, Infants and Children Program will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with special events at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. Mothers and babies are invited to attend the Big Latch On from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by Mommy Mingle Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 in the classrooms at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4201 Medical Center Dr. Big Latch On is a worldwide event that encourages breastfeeding women to come together to latch on their children at the same time. Centegra’s Mommy Mingle Fair will feature informational booths and opportunities to learn about and purchase products that support breastfeeding and will include a raffle and refreshments.
In addition, a free viewing of the movie, “Babies” by director Thomas Balmes will be at 5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 4 in conference rooms A and B at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, 3701 Doty Rd. The movie focuses on one year in the life of four very different babies from around the world.
“We welcome all mothers and expectant women to our event to learn about breastfeeding support in our community,” said Christi Braun, a nurse and internationally board-certified lactation consultant with Centegra Health System. “We have a wonderful support system of women who teach and learn from each other and promote breastfeeding in greater McHenry County. Our health system understands the importance of breastfeeding and, like the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics, we recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months and continue for at least a year or for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and child.”
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the highly anticipated Centegra Hospital-Huntley, which opens Aug. 9 at 7 a.m.
As the region’s leading health care provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 associates, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information about Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).