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World Breastfeeding Week Kicks Off

Mothers breastfeed their babies during a mass breastfeeding in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, in Thessaloniki, Greece Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Mothers breast fed their babies in the 4th Panhellenic public breastfeeding taking place simultaneously in 39 cities of Greece. About 550 lactating mothers took part. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

Audio Transcript: BrooksBreastfeedingWeek

Naiya Brooks SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)-  The first week of August is dedicated to nursing mothers across the globe as World Breastfeeding Week begins today. World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding since it is still a controversial topic.

A local Certified Doula and Lactation Counselor and mother of four Gina Ingram explains that breastfeeding can be great for both mom and baby.

“It provides a lot of natural antibodies to strengthen immune system and protect babies from infections such as ear infection, its easier for them to digest. It also reduces moms risk for ovarian cancer, breast cancer…diabetes”, said Ingram. “It helps the baby’s vitals regulate, it also increases the mom’s oxytocin, which is the hormone that helps breastfeeding begin”

Recently, breastfeeding pods have been placed all over Onondaga County for nursing mothers including Destiny USA and The Museum for Science and Technology, but Ingram has conflicting views on them.

“It is a lot of push back we’ve seen recently. Different things on social media, moms being asked to leave the public pool while nursing. The pods I look at them two ways, for a new mom that isn’t very comfortable breastfeeding out in public, gives them a chance to get out of the house”, said Ingram. “But a lot of moms feel like you’re shutting them away, you’re hiding them away.”

To combat stigmas about nursing and to celebrate World Breastfeeding week, several events are planned including Oswego Breastfeeding Coalition’s “The Big Latch On” event on Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m.