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Silver Cross Celebrates Annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

New Lenox, IL (August 11, 2014)— In honor of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, Silver Cross Hospital Lactation Consultants and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) raised awareness for breastfeeding during the annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration. An informative display table, refreshments, and prizes were available on August 6 in the Birthing Center Lobby at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Silver Cross Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants answered questions and provided information to hospital visitors and staff members who visited the display. 

Pictured from the left are Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) Cathleen Vasquez, Margaret Dombrowski, Tracey Lemke, and Katy Lebbing, along with new moms and their children: Dana LaPointe, Nicole Belke, Emily Johnson, Bridgett Thomas, Jamie Bellik, Tera Gebhardt, Virginia Krosel, Gina Oritz-Anderson, and Kristen Watson. The Silver Cross staff shared breastfeeding information with these moms and other visitors at the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration Day display on August 6.

The 2014 theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life.”  This year’s theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding - in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. In 1990 eight global goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), were set by governments and the United Nations to fight poverty and promote healthy and sustainable development in a comprehensive way by 2015. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme responds to the latest countdown by asserting the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in the post 2015 agenda, and engaging as many groups, and people of various ages, as possible. 

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week Objectives are:

  • To inform people about the MDGs and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young  Child Feeding (IYCF).
  • To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in improving breastfeeding and IYCF.
  • To call attention to the importance of STEPPING UP actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDGs AND in the post -2015 era.

To stimulate interest among young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today’s changing world. 

Research shows that the best feeding option globally is the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, exclusive breastfeeding for a full six months, and continued breastfeeding with solid foods added through the second year or beyond. Breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health. “Nationally the breastfeeding rate has increased over the years. In 2009, the rate of moms who breastfed their newborns was 69.5% and in 2014 that rate has increased to 77.4%,” said Katy Lebbing, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Silver Cross Hospital. “We hope our efforts will help more moms decide to breastfeed their children.” 

Silver Cross Hospital offers Breastfeeding Classes for pregnant women and their support persons to learn about breastfeeding.  After hospital discharge an Outpatient Lactation Clinic is available to continue to help mothers and their babies.  The Hospital offers Breastfeeding Support Groups twice a month.   Visit www.silvercross.org for more information.  Breastfeeding support is also important to receive from families, friends, the workplace, health care systems, the government, and during emergencies.

 About the Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center

Silver Cross has brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable.   The Silver Cross Birthing Center is designated as a Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities.  This designation means that the state recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s ability to care for low-birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and infants on mechanical ventilators.  Now few babies ever need to be transferred to specialized neonatal care centers. 

The Birthing Center at the New Lenox Hospital has 12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and some have an immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock.  

A variety of pain relief methods is available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist.  And for deliveries requiring surgery, there are two complete cesarean suites.  Lurie Children’s Hospital neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist is onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists are available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross. For more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries.  For a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist or pediatrician on staff at Silver Cross, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL.  

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With nearly 4,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital in 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. In 2013, Silver Cross provided over $48 million in charity care and other community benefits. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.