August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

By on August 25, 2023

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month offers a perfect opportunity to focus on the many benefits of breastfeeding as well as the support available to breastfeeding moms in the community and their families.

“Breastfeeding is a worthwhile journey, but it certainly takes time and effort,” explains Rylee Simonsen, supervisor of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. “A very important part of success is having appropriate information and support – it truly takes a village.”

Breastfeeding is the optimal nutrition that can be provided for an infant and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods for up to two years of age or older.

Among the many benefits to infants include receiving antibodies from their mother; a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome; as well as being less likely to experience ear infections and stomach bugs. Breastfeeding also reduces a mother’s chances of developing ovarian cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

WIC is one of many community resources that helps to support breastfeeding mothers both prenatally and postpartum. During appointments, WIC team members provide information, education and referrals to WIC participants on not only the benefits of breastfeeding, but also what to expect when breastfeeding an infant. In addition, WIC provides nutrition education and counseling on a variety of topics for mothers, infants, and children, and also provides food packages to promote health and nutrition among these populations.

WIC has three offices in Dare County.

  • The main office is located at 109 Exeter Street, Manteo, NC 27954.
  • Satellite offices are also at 2601 N. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
  • 50347 NC Hwy 12, Frisco, NC. 27936.
  • For more information on WIC, please contact 252.475.5068.

WIC’s  Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program is available to anyone on WIC and partners participants with a trained peer counselor who also has breastfeeding experience. Breastfeeding supplies, such as single and multi-user breast pumps, are also available to help support moms who need to be separated from their infants for work, school or other reasons.

“A large part of WIC is making appropriate referrals, so we often refer women to other resources to support lactation,” Simonsen said. “We keep an updated list of community resources in the area to provide to women who want extra information and support.”

Simonsen noted that supporting a breastfeeding mom and baby can look many different ways. Encouragement and positive messaging go a long way, and partners can help by assisting with needs in the home and other needs the baby may have. Family and friends can also help by bringing healthy meals or helping with household duties.

“Most importantly, asking moms how they want to be supported and listening to their perspectives goes a long way,” Simonsen concluded.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Please click here to view our WIC nondiscrimination statement. For WIC eligibility criteria, please click here.  



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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