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The Baby Cafe, located in San Juan, held its first Wellness Fair on Wednesday, focusing on providing information and resources to pregnant and breastfeeding moms in Hidalgo County. Among the resources available were: Health and Safety Information, Children's Fingerprinting and ID Kits, Pregnancy Health Information, Farmer's Market Information, and Infant Hygiene Packets.
Hidalgo County opened the first licensed Baby Café in the Rio Grande Valley in October. This project is an effort to prevent early childhood obesity and promote breastfeeding as the normal way of infant feeding, and is a collaborative partnership between the Hidalgo County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 San Juan Community Resource Center, Hidalgo County Agrilife Extension Services Texas, and the Texas Department of State Health Services-Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Program.
The Hidalgo County WIC Baby Café aims to increase support for breastfeeding to accomplish one of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Community Evidenced-Based Strategies for obesity prevention. The Hidalgo County WIC Baby Café also serves to meet the recommendations by the Surgeon General of the United States “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” released earlier this year to increase support for mother-to-mother groups and community-based organizations.
The Hidalgo County WIC Baby Café is located at the North San Juan Community Resource Center (509 E. Earling Rd, San Juan) and is free to the public . Hours of operation are 2:00 - 4:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. For more information, call (956) 907-4943.