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Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — August is National Breastfeeding Month in Ohio, and two local organizations are ramping up efforts to discuss the practice with mothers and to bring awareness about how it can help reduce infant death rates.
The Butler County Breastfeeding Coalition and Butler County WIC Program are hoping to bring more attention to the subject, not just this month, but year-round, according to Cindy Meale, director of the Butler County WIC program.
Children who are breastfed have a 20 percent lower risk of dying between the ages of 28 days and 1 year than children who weren’t breastfed, she said.
Meale was at a picnic sponsored by WIC and the Breastfeeding Coalition on Thursday at Rentschler Park, which was designed to help mothers find answers to questions about the issue.
“We are celebrating today with families that are on our programs — just coming together to celebrate breastfeeding with our moms who are nursing freely out here,” she said.
Leslie Flannery is the breastfeeding coordinator for WIC, and she added that breastfeeding is still considered taboo in public, so it’s important to reinforce to mothers that they are allowed to do it and should feel comfortable doing so.
“We just want to normalize breastfeeding and make these mothers feel more comfortable and that it is the right thing to do,” Flannery said. “We don’t want moms to feel ashamed to feed their baby in a park or at a restaurant. We would never want a mom to have to go to the bathroom to feed her baby or pump their breast milk. We just want them to feel comfortable.”
Educating black women who are pregnant about breastfeeding is important because black babies are dying at twice the rate of white babies before the age of 1 in the county, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health.
Meale said a “Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week,” which includes prenatal breastfeeding support, will be held later this month.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:43 AM
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Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
TODAY: A nice morning with it being muggy early, but becoming more comfortable through the afternoon. It’ll be warmer than normal again with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Overall dry day with sunshine and some afternoon clouds.
WEDNESDAY: Another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. Dry from start to finish with low humidity and highs around 80 degrees. UV index for the day will be high.
THURSDAY: The morning starts off cool around 60 degrees. Sunny skies for the afternoon and still not muggy as highs climb to the middle 80s.
FRIDAY: A dry start to the day with clouds increasing for the afternoon. Highs peak in the middle 80s as it becomes muggy again with some isolated showers and storms developing.
SATURDAY: Warm and muggy with highs in the low 80s. Expect scattered showers and storms at times through
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
PERRY TWP., Montgomery County — UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.
Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.
Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.
“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”
The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.
The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.
UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.
A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.
The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.
The dog’s owners took their pet home.
A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.
Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Brookville firefighters rescue trapped dog in Perry Twp. culvert
The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.
No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.
No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.
Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.
Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant.