The African American Health Program is committed to eliminating health disparities and improving the number and quality of years of life for African Americans in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  • August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    This year, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, which outlines specific steps to provide society-wide support of breastfeeding mothers and babies. The document emphasizes the importance of breastfeeding, documents breastfeeding rates across various US populations, and places a firm call to action to family members, communities, clinicians, health care systems, and employers to help make breastfeeding the easy choice for mothers. As a result, the breastfeeding field has grown tremendously and the rate of breastfeeding continues to increase.

    Breastfeeding is essential because it protects babies from health issues and illnesses such as diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, become obese as children, or die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breastfeeding mothers also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Unfortunately, African American women have much lower rates of breastfeeding compared to White women. African American mothers need stronger and more focused support to start and continue breastfeeding.

    AAHP is proud to serve African American mothers and mothers of African descent in Montgomery County as we collectively work towards building a brighter, healthier future for our children, with breastfeeding at the forefront of that cause. We offer a wealth of resources and support initiatives for breastfeeding through the SMILE program and other initiatives.


Community Health News

  • August 5, 2016

    Breastfeeding USA MoCo Chapter's August Events

    The Montgomery County chapter of Breastfeeding USA, an organization that provides evidence-based support of breastfeeding, is hosting a series of events throughout the County this August. Events are free and babies are welcome!

    Workshop: Back to Work While Breastfeeding
    Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm
    Babies “R” Us, 1202 Cherry Hill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904

    Monthly Support Group
    Tuesday, August 16 at 6:00 pm
    Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902

    Breastfeeding Brunch
    Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 am
    Babies “R” Us, 1202 Cherry Hill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904

    For more information, visit Breastfeeding USA Montgomery County, MD Chapter's Facebook page here
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