SCHNECK CELEBRATES WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH
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August 14, 2012
The Family Life Center of Schneck Medical Center in Seymour is celebrating World Breastfeeding Month this August. World Breastfeeding Month is celebrated in 120 countries.
Schneck’s Family Life Center helps women to achieve their breastfeeding goals through support and education, regardless of where they gave birth. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), who are registered nurses, assist breastfeeding mothers and babies (both inpatient and outpatient) with general support and issues including painful breastfeeding, a baby’s slow weight gain and/or inadequate diaper output. Guidance is provided in accordance with the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics, which advise that breast milk is the ideal infant nutrition.
“The composition of human milk is unique and provides significant benefits to mothers and infants,” said Cheryl Yazell, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “Studies show that women who breastfeed enjoy decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive.”
While malnutrition plagues numerous developing countries, rates of obesity are at an all time high in many developed countries, with the highest prevalence in the United States and Mexico. The health and nutritional status of mothers and infants are directly linked, making appropriate infant feeding a critical first step in preventing these and a variety of other medical conditions.
Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are also more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases and conditions including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and respiratory illnesses. In addition, mothers who do not breastfeed are at an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Keeping breastfeeding high on the public health agenda is critical to improving global health. Early and exclusive breastfeeding with the introduction of appropriate complementary feeding around six months of age ensures that both mothers and infants receive maximum health benefits.
Schneck encourages all moms who are able, to breastfeed their babies. Studies show that more than 80 percent of new moms will need breastfeeding support at some point. “Breast feeding is best”…but it may not come easily. Schneck offers a Breastfeeding Class for moms-to-be and a Breastfeeding Support Group for nursing mothers. Schneck’s lactation specialists are passionate about helping moms and babies get off to a great start.
For more information on these programs or to schedule a consultation with Cheryl Yazell, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, call 812-524-3373.