Lactation consultants Katie Perez and Shannon Scott promote the benefits of breastfeeding to new moms in the Lake Houston area.

In celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, The Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center (KMC) is hosting an educational baby fair Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to illustrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, provide ongoing support, and promote community resources for new moms.

Whether you are a first-time or experienced parent, certified childbirth educators at The Women and Children’s Center at KMC can help prepare you and your entire family for what to expect, before and after you take your baby home.

The day’s festivities will begin with The Big Latch On at 10 a.m., an internationally synchronized breastfeeding celebration, in which mothers and children simultaneously breastfeed during a one-minute count across 31 countries in 826 locations.

Vendors from across the area will be showcasing baby/family-inspired services to reach families with young children.

“Hosting this annual event is one of the many ways the Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the health benefits breastfeeding can provide,” said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of KMC. “The Women and Children’s Center has earned the prestigious Texas Ten Step Program designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services and joins other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to new mothers as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.”

The Women and Children’s Center provides a full range of expertise from prenatal care through labor and delivery to postpartum care and offers monthly classes in childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, infant safety and CPR, newborn care, a sibling class and a grandparents class. To register for classes or for a physician referral, please call 800-258-5064. Visit for a description of the classes and details about the breastfeeding support groups at Kingwood Medical Center. For more information about the Big Latch On, visit

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