Breastfeeding Awareness Celebrated in Bennington

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Local family-focused nonprofits, governmental groups and businesses are coming together to raise awareness and community support for breastfeeding during the Bennington County Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The week consists of two events: The Global Big Latch On and a Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon. This is the sixth year Bennington organizations have presented breastfeeding awareness events.

The Global Big Latch on is a worldwide event. Participants can register online or in person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bennington Farmers Market on Depot Street in Bennington. The Global Latch On, where communities from around the world nurse their infants and young children simultaneously, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Visit for more information. After the Big Latch On, Megan Cross Photography will offer complimentary nursing portraits on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can also join a group walk to local breastfeeding-friendly businesses and collect stamps toward entry for prizes.

A Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 504 Main St. in Bennington. Attendees will enjoy lunch and be able to browse vendor booths. In addition, door prizes will be drawn.

Supporters include Catamount Connections, Circle of Life Midwifery & Holistic Health, Green Mountain Birth Connections, Megan Cross Photography, Mountain Mama Midwifery, RiseVT of Bennington County, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), Vermont Department of Health in Bennington and Vermont Motherhood Collaborative.

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SVMC ExpressCare Practice Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's ExpressCare in Bennington has welcomed family nurse practitioner Christine Burke. With this appointment, Burke also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.

Burke earned her master's degree in nursing from Simmons University in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Vermont and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Most recently, Burke worked as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging and Infusion and at Castleton Family Health Center Urgent Care in Castleton, Vt. She also worked in the Emergency Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Open seven days a week, including holidays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, ExpressCare is a convenient walk-in medical office. No appointment is necessary. ExpressCare offers care for minor illnesses and injuries to patients of all ages. Patients may seek care at Suite 111 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive. For more information, call 802-440-4077.

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