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.
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).