Promoting healthy babies through breastfeeding

By Matt Hicks
By Steve Miller

August 2, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM EST

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Not too far away from the Spiedie Fest, a crowd made its way from Old Front Street to Otsiningo Park. And it was all to promote breastfeeding awareness.

This is the seventh year walkers have taken to the streets in the Town of Dickinson, all in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

Organizers want to bring more awareness to breastfeeding.

They say it's not only cost effective, but breast milk is also rich in nutrients and helps boost babies' immune systems.

"This is huge for the health of mothers and babies. And for insurance companies, it's less that they have to pay out for health care costs for babies. And it's less stress for parents when their babies are healthier. So it's good for everyone," said walk coordinator Laura Walker.

World Breastfeeding Week is observed each year from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7.

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