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FLORIDA HEALTH PROMOTES BREASTFEEDING DURING WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH

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The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is highlighting the importance of breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding plays a critical role in healthy development from the very beginning of a child’s life. Breast milk is the best source of infant nutrition and it provides the infant with immunological protection, as it contains antibodies that help to protect infants from childhood illnesses. Breastfeeding is associated with improved health outcomes, both short term and long term, for the infant and for the mother.

On Fri., Feb. 5, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong expanded the Declaration of Public Health Emergency regarding the Zika virus. There are simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves from Zika and all mosquito-borne illness: Drain standing water, no matter how seemingly small, and cover your skin with mosquito repellent and protective clothing.

Collier Mosquito Control District