3rd Annual Baby and Child Expo is a hit with moms and dads

The third annual Baby and Child Expo hosted by the La Leche League of Ocean Springs and Biloxi was at Edgewater Mall on Saturday.
The third annual Baby and Child Expo hosted by the La Leche League of Ocean Springs and Biloxi was at Edgewater Mall on Saturday.
Guise said that the paternal side of parenting can sometimes sit on the sidelines, but he doesn't think that should be the case.
Guise said that the paternal side of parenting can sometimes sit on the sidelines, but he doesn't think that should be the case.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - If you were in Edgewater Mall on Saturday, you may have noticed an unusual amount of babies out and about. It was the third annual Baby and Child Expo hosted by the La Leche League of Ocean Springs and Biloxi.

It wasn't hard to see what the nonprofit group's baby and child expo was all about. With a name that is Spanish for "the milk," the goal was simple.

"Anything we can do to promote breastfeeding is a step in the right direction," said Katie Hughes, of La Leche.

She said this event was a success. The parents cycling in and out of booths and signing up for prizes more than doubled last year's turnout. Stephanie Akan is new to the area, and this made her feel right at home.

"It's like a nice community that comes together to help mothers, and that's good because I'm a mom," said Akan.

Being a mother of two, she has seen how much things can change from one child to another. This expo provides exactly what moms need to meet the challenges of parenting head on.

"Now they can come and have people give them advice about other options," said Akan.

Options like which hospital is best for certain birth preferences and alternatives to breast feeding, if that isn't a possibility. Even though the expo was geared towards moms and their babies, the women of Le Leche didn't want to limit themselves. There were also plenty of dads, like Nick Guise, who wanted to jump in however they could.

Guise said that the paternal side of parenting can sometimes sit on the sidelines, but he doesn't think that should be the case.

"Something like this, where dad's can come out to and get some of that information, it just makes it more of a joint effort," said Guise.

Guise also said the smartest dads know what the ultimate goal is.

"Takes some of the stress off of moms," said Guise.

Around 200 guests visited the expo's 22 vendors. La Leche officials say 100 of those visitors showed up in the first hour alone.

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