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WHEREAS, breastfeeding is recommended by the United States Surgeon General and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health as the optimal method of infant feeding; and

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is recognized by major medical organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations International Children's' Emergency Fund, and the World Health Organization as the preferred method of infant feeding, and support breastfeeding throughout the early years of life; and

WHEREAS, the United States Breastfeeding Committee declares August National Breastfeeding Awareness Month to drive policy and practices to create a supportive breastfeeding landscape for communities and families; and

WHEREAS, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding to address inequities worldwide and celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7th for the health, well-being, and survival of women and infants; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada supports continued research and education to promote breastfeeding as a high priority to improve nutrition security, food security and the health of infants, children, and women; and

WHEREAS, scientific data indicates human milk optimally enhances the growth, development and well-being of the infant by providing the best possible nutrition; and

WHEREAS, human milk is easily digested and contains antibodies passed from the mother to the infant which help protect against illness and allergies;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of August 2022, as

BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 27th day of July, 2022

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