A Clay County woman is hosting an event in honor of August being National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
The Great Nurse-IN Hautian Style will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m., in the lobby of Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute.
Merry Miller Moon, coordinator of the event, is inviting all mothers to come out to breastfeed in order to create awareness of the activity.
"This activity still makes a lot of people uncomfortable, so an event like this can make people aware that it's not anything graphic," Moon, who has been breastfeeding her son for the past 21 months, said. "You are just feeding your child. This is an event to celebrate breastfeeding and make people aware of breastfeeding, especially for young mothers."
Moon's event coincides with an event called the Great Nurse-In, which takes place in Washington, D.C., the same day. Breastfeeding moms and their supporters will descend upon the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol Building for a peaceful nurse-in. The program will include a main stage with keynote speakers and entertainers, centers with breastfeeding support activities, opportunities to share stories and experiences and other family activities for all attendees.
The Great Nurse-In was prompted by a number of individual mothers who have been harassed or embarrassed for breastfeeding their babies in public -- something Moon feels is unacceptable.
Moon said she feels breastfeeding is best for both the baby and mother after reading many studies on the subject.
"In my opinion, (breastfeeding) is definitely best because studies have proven it's best for the child," Moon told The Brazil Times. "They build antibodies and get sick less often. Children that are breastfed, even if just for the first six months, have higher IQ's."
Moon said studies have also shown that breastfeeding is good for the mothers and is convenient.
"It's always available, no matter where you are," Moon said. "Formula is really expensive and not as good for your child."
Moon also said a big benefit to nursing a child is the intimacy the mother and baby receive from it.
"There is no other bond like being able to breastfeed your child," she said. "I feel so proud that I'm not only doing what is best for my son, but creating a bond as well."
For more information about the event, contact Moon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the Facebook event page by searching for Great Nurse-In Hautian Style.