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News: Centegra, MCDH to sponsor events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Big Latch On, Mommy Mingle Fair, Milky Way film to promote breastfeeding in community

McHENRY – 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 and Mommy Mingle Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 in the classrooms at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4201 Medical Center Dr. A free viewing of the movie, “The Milky Way” by director John Fitzgerald will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in conference rooms A and B at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, 3701 Doty Rd.

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 include a raffle, refreshments, informational booths and opportunities to learn about and purchase products that support breastfeeding.

“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 at least for a year or for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and child.”

“The Milky Way” is a documentary about breastfeeding in the United States. The film encourages women to learn about breastfeeding and to trust that their bodies are able to provide all the nutrition their children need. It will be shown at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock and women will be welcome to discuss the movie after the showing.

For more information about the Big Latch On and Mommy Mingle Fair or the showing of, “The Milky Way,” call 877-CENTEGRA or visit