Breastfeeding Week brings local mothers to the Utica Zoo

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -  It is World Breastfeeding Week this week, and all around the globe people are trying to raise awareness about the benefits of this method of feeding.
Here in Utica, mothers brought their babies to the Utica Zoo in order to celebrate Breastfeeding Week in an event hosted by local WIC agencies, Wednesday.  
Moms had the chance to walk around the zoo to celebrate humans and other mammals who use the natural form of feeding for their young.
Organizers wanted the event to show that while breastfeeding has many benefits for the child, it also is good for the mother as well.
"Breastfeeding is great for babies, but I don't know if you're aware that breastfeeding lowers a woman's risk of breast cancer by 25%, and it makes a difference," said Susan Niedzielski, President of Mohawk Valley Breastfeeding Network. "We see less hospitalizations, we see less ear infections, we see less cases of diabetes which I think is rampant in our country."

Breastfeeding Week began on August 1st and runs through August 7th. 

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