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Breast-Feeding Group Holds Fest, Fundraiser

August 3, 2008

By LIA RUSSELL

By Lia Russell

The Virginian-Pilot

Krysten Pizzurro was frustrated and desperate.

Her newborn, Miriam, wouldn’t breast-feed.

“She would scream every time I tried to nurse her,” Pizzurro, 26, said of her daughter, who was born last December. “I thought she hated me.”

Instead of giving up, Pizzurro showed up on the doorstep of Mary Comes, a local leader of La Leche League, an international breast- feeding advocacy group.

“After 3 or 4 hours at Mary’s house, (Miriam) was latching on and nursing,” Pizzurro said. “I learned that all issues boil down to perseverance and support.”

Local branches of the La Leche League have helped hundreds of mothers like Pizzurro over the years.

On Saturday, one of those branches – the La Leche League of Portsmouth – will hold its second annual World Breastfeeding Walk Celebration, a promotional and fundraising event.

In honor of the upcoming summer Olympics, this year’s theme is “Mother Support: Going for the Gold.”

The family-friendly program will include a ceremonial 10-minute walk, silent auction, free refreshments, children’s activities, door prizes and vendors.

“There is no charge for admission or for any of the activities unless you bid in the silent auction,” Comes said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to come out and learn about breast- feeding, support moms who breast-feed and have a great time.”

Included among the items up for auction are Norfolk Tides baseball tickets, ultrasound imaging, belly casting, belly painting, a photography session, diaper cakes, diaper starter packages, baby items, jewelry and much more.

“Last year we raised $540,” Comes said. “Our goal this year is $1,000.”

Half of all money raised stays with the local group. The remaining funds support programs of the international organization.

About 80 people participated in last year’s walk. Comes anticipates up to 200 on Saturday.

Among other services, La Leche League branches provide information and support, including 24-hour telephone support, to breast-feeding mothers. There also are resources for nursing moms and monthly meetings.

There is no cost for services or to attend meetings.

“Breast-feeding isn’t just good for babies,” Comes said. “It also provides many advantages to mothers like post-partum weight loss, a lower incidence of breast and ovarian cancers and economic savings. We want people to understand the many benefits breast-feeding offers.”

La Leche League of Norfolk meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Ave. For information, call 624-9716 or visit llli.org.

Lia Russell, 222-5829, lia.russell@pilotonline.com

going?

What World Breastfeeding Walk Celebration

When 10 a.m. Saturday; walk starts at 11 a.m.

Where Portsmouth City Park

Cost free

More info 487-6007

going?

What World Breastfeeding Walk Celebration

When 10 a.m. Saturday; walk starts at 11 a.m.

Where Portsmouth City Park

Cost free

More info 487-6007

Originally published by BY LIA RUSSELL.

(c) 2008 Virginian – Pilot. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.




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