Breastfeeding and Boy Scouts?

On any given day, you might find UNTHSC School of Public Health assistant professor Marcy L. Paul, PhD, reading to elementary students in local schools and day care centers, working with parents-to-be at area churches, helping high school kids clean up the environment, or connecting with others to build a healthier community. But you wouldn’t believe how she helped a local teen earn his Eagle Scout badge. Marcy connected Bryce Kleinman with a local daycare center to realize his idea. He wanted to build space to make the local day care center a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. Texas Mother-Friendly Worksites have a commitment to breastfeeding employees and their families by offering privacy and flexibility for moms to express and store breast milk. This is important since breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition in promoting infant health and maternal bonding. Bryce was proud that his project added value to the community and became a tremendous learning experience both for him personally and for his entire troop.  In addition, two JPS Breastfeeding Consultants stopped by the daycare center to offer guidance and information to teachers who work with babies.  The consultants shared information regarding breastfeeding and how to prepare breast milk that is brought from home, and stored on site.  Swirling the breast milk in a bottle allows for the nutrients to stay in-tact; shaking the bottle destroys the nutrients…everyone learned something new!

This page was last modified on June 13, 2017