va Mayor David Norman issued a proclamation at City Hall Monday morning declaring the month of August to be Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ava. On hand to witness the signing of the proclamation were representatives of the Douglas County Health Department (from left): Misty Twyman, Rachel Barry holding Simon Barry, Elizabeth Hull, Mayor Norman and Jerrie Mason. The proclamation acknowledges that human milk enhances growth, development and well-being of infants by providing the best possible nutrition, protection against specific infection and allergies, and the promotion of maternal and infant bonding. Breastfeeding also promotes healthier mothers and benefits society through lower healthcare costs for infants, a healthier workforce, stronger family bonds and less waste. Not to be overlooked is the fact that breastfeeding is economical, providing its benefits at little or no cost. Breastfeeding month coincides with USA and World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7.