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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa is celebrating Worldwide Breast-feeding Week, which runs Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, with several events and information drives to stress to mothers the importance of breast-feeding.

On Aug. 2, Johanna Gilbert, lactation specialist at the hospital, will deliver informational poster boards and materials to all branch medical clinics. An information booth will be set up Aug. 3 in the hospital, with cookies and milk offered to all. Gold bows, the symbol of breast-feeding, also will be given out.

A potluck lunch for the breast-feeding support group is to be from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at Kenney Park on Kadena Air Base, Gilbert said. The event, she said, would offer mothers a chance to get together and also is to offer door prizes.

Gilbert said the hospital’s inpatient clinics would be recognized on Friday for their efforts toward the breast-feeding program. In addition to the hospital, Gilbert said, the Women, Infants and Children offices also are setting up information booths at various commissaries.

While the informational drive may be for just one week, Gilbert said, breast-feeding classes are held every month on Kadena and at the hospital. Call Johanna Gilbert at DSN 643-7870 for more information.


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