5K Kicks of World Breastfeeding Week

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

It's not your typical Mother's Day celebration, but two generations of mothers combine their interests to benefit children and mother's alike.

"It's really nice to be able to do something together that actually means something. Not just another thing like get your mom some flowers. We can actually do something that we're both interested in together and that also benefits the community," says race organizer and breastfeeding advocate Danielle Bergum.

Every mom has to make the decision whether to breastfeed. And West Virginia has some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country.

These women hope to change that.

"It's not necessarily that breastfeeding is better it's just that that is the normal course after childbirth. So when babies are breastfed this changes the health of the mother and the baby. It allows them to bond right after birth. It allows the mom to reduce her risk after the birth experience," says Bergum.

Risks including Postpartum Depression and internal bleeding. And newborns see the positives as well. Breastfeeding supplies babies with vital nutrients in the early months.

Organizers say education on this subject is just as vital.

"I've seen more people taking child birth classes and coming to the breastfeeding support group that I host monthly based on this race. And just knowing that things are available. That we have different booths that are set up to help with moms and babies. Even if it's not just breastfeeding they are learning about some of the resources in our area," says Bergum.

Bergum's mother is an avid runner. The 5K around Civitan Park helps promote both their passions.

"It's just a really great thing for families to come out and do and enjoy whether you're a single person or a mom with a family. It's a great way to enjoy Mother's Day and celebrate," says race organizer Leslie Thomas.

And while this race is a celebration all its own, flowers are tried and true.

Money from the event goes to support breastfeeding education in the Mid-Ohio Valley including Esali Birth's free monthly Breastfeeding Cafe. For more information go to http://wbw.esalibirth.com.

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