Walk to raise awareness of health benefits of breastfeeding

Posted at 8:16 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 08:47:26-04

Experts recommend new mothers breast feed their babies for at least 12 months.

But only 23-percent of moms make it that long.

Improving that number is one of the goals during Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Children who are breast-fed tend to have stronger immune systems, and are at a lower risk for problems like obesity, asthma and diabetes.

The state put together a breast-feeding walk to help people realize how important it is.

The Ingham County Health Department started its Get Real About Breast Feeding campaign in April.

It's the first county in Michigan to train certified lactation counselors to help new moms at home.