They’re so cute – it’s scary. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s littlest patients trick-or-treated through the hallways Friday morning collecting candy and everybody’s hearts.
“Everybody just loves to see all the babies in costume,” Felicia Carlucci, a lactation educator and childbirth educator at Sharp told NBC7.
The babies, from the hospital’s free breastfeeding support group, donned their cutest costumes for the event’s fourteenth year running.
“We like to do this because it helps normalize breastfeeding,” Carlucci said of the program. “A lot of times, especially with moms who are first time breast feeders, they’re a little uncomfortable going out with their babies the first time, so this just gives them a nice safe place to come and have fun with their babies and enjoy being breastfeeding mommies and having sweet babies.”
The trick-or-treaters, babies in the program and some of their brothers and sisters dressed in not-so-scary costumes including a flower, an old-time prisoner, a cop, and a tiger, grabbed all the candy they could get from generous staff members.
Every year Sharp Chula Vista brings approximately 3000 babies into the world. Mothers are offered lactation education and a free breastfeeding support group to help new moms. Breastfeeding both boosts a baby’s health and lowers their risk for illness.