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Special Room Created for Nursing Mothers at Florida State Fair

By Kevin Watler, P.I.O.

February 07, 2019

Special Room Created for Nursing Mothers at Florida State Fair 

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has partnered with the Florida State Fair to provide a cool, quiet spot for breastfeeding. The Mother’s Nook is open during fair hours in the Expo Hall and is specially designed for nursing families.

The Mother’s Nook also has a private restroom and changing stations.

“A nursing mother has the right to breastfeed anytime, anyplace and we welcome that at the Florida State Fair. But we understand some may want a place that is away from all the excitement,” said Danielle Jones, lactation counselor at DOH-Hillsborough.

Special Room Created for Nursing Mothers at Florida State Fair

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life to benefit both the mother and the baby. Breastfeeding reduces the risk for babies to develop certain cancers, asthma, and obesity during childhood. Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop uterine and ovarian cancer, and breastfeeding aids in losing weight gained during pregnancy.

DOH-Hillsborough staff will be available in the room to answer questions about the health department’s breastfeeding program, as well as other beneficial programs mothers may qualify for.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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