CONCORD — Contra Costa Health Services is promoting the benefits of breast milk on Thursday as part of World Breastfeeding Week.

Staff members will be on hand at the Todos Santos farmers market from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide information on breastfeeding and nutrition.

All are welcome to attend the free event. The booth is hosted by the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program of Contra Costa Health Services' Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.

Marina Rowoldt, a registered dietitian and senior public health nutritionist at the Concord WIC Clinic, said 90 percent of mothers enrolled in Contra Costa's WIC program breastfeed in the hospital, but 43 percent continue to breastfeed six months after giving birth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and WIC recommend breastfeeding for at least six months, or longer if able, according to Rowoldt.

Additional World Breastfeeding events will take place at the Richmond, Pittsburg and Brentwood WIC offices. People unable to attend can receive free breastfeeding information by calling the Contra Costa Breastfeeding Advice Line at 866-878-7767.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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