August 22, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Community Collaborative Breastfeeding Conference

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and next week the Springfield-Greene County Health Department's Women, Infants & Children program will come together with Mercy, CoxHealth and Jordan Valley Community Health Center for the Community Collaborative Breastfeeding Conference.

The conference will take place on both the Cox and Mercy campuses over the course of two days on Aug. 23 and 24. Aimed at area healthcare providers including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, lactation consultants and peer counselors, this is the first such gathering of its kind in Springfield and it represents a meaningful, community wide effort on this important and sometimes needlessly controversial issue.

The keynote speaker is nationally known lactation expert Dr. Nancy Wight, MD. Dr. Wight will have two windows of availability to speak to local media on Thursday. The windows are 2 to 3 p.m. at the McAuley Conference Center, just inside the main entrance to Mercy hospital. Interested media outlets are asked to set up an interview in advance by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday due to a busy conference schedule.

Dr. Wight is a neonatologist at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. She is the Medical Director at Sharp HealthCare Lactation Services, and is a past president of Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She can speak to topics such as: why it's important for communities to accommodate breast feeding; why it's important for physicians and health care providers to focus on breast feeding; and the overall benefits of the practice for children and mothers.

To schedule interviews or for more information, contact: Katie Towns-Jeter, Springfield Greene-County Health Department, (417) 874-1250.

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