Woodstock (GA) - The Allen Temple AME Church in Woodstock celebrated the opening of its Lactation Room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Saturday!

The Lactation Room will provide privacy and a comfortable location for mothers who desire to nurse their babies while attending worship services.

The church understands the benefits of breastfeeding to infants and supports mothers who desire to breastfeed their babies. The addition of the room is another step toward the church's goal of reducing childhood obesity by providing education and support to the church community. 
Pastor Carl Moore and Carol Hendrix at Allen Temple AME Lactation Room Ribbon-cutting for webCarl A. Moore, Sr., Senior Pastor, Allen Temple A.M.E. Church of Woodstock and Carol Hendrix, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator for the North Georgia Health District cut the ribbon to the church's new Lactation Room where mothers may now privately breastfeed their babies during worship services. The Lactation Room is a result of the Georgia SHAPE partnership between the Health Ministry of Allen Temple and North Georgia Health District's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Georgia SHAPE is a statewide initiative of Governor Nathan Deal to join governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business communities to lower incidence of obesity in Georgia – now at epidemic proportions.

Evidence continues to mount that breastfeeding can help prevent obesity and is important to the health of both mothers and children.

Leading health experts throughout the world and our nation recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year. Exclusive breastfeeding offers women some protection from breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, while offering children important protection against ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, obesity, diabetes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).


For information about the Lactation Room at Allen Temple AME Church, contact Dr. Orin Gill at (678) 761-2203 or revorin@yahoo.com. Information about breastfeeding can be found at www.northgawic.com. Learn more about Georgia SHAPE at www.georgiashape.org.

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