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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 3 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.

The 2017 World Breastfeeding Week theme is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.” This year’s theme reminds us that we all have a part to play in creating an enabling environment for women to breastfeed successfully. We can achieve this by attracting political support, media attention and the participation of a range of actors, especially young people.

A team effort is needed to make breastfeeding work. We need to link change-makers at community, country, regional and global levels to call for collective action and impact. All mothers will then be empowered with a satisfying and effective breastfeeding experience.

Photo: Pictured from left to right are new mom Olivia Snyder with daughter Hailee; Cathleen Vasquez, Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; Kristen Bragg, R.N; Kim Snyder with grandson Jaxon; Samantha Pfeifer, R.N.; Angie Bowler with son Apollo; Elizabeth Abraham, R.D.; Margaret Dombrowski, Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; Tracey Lemke, Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; and Marilyn Paolella, Director of Women and Infant Services for Silver Cross Hospital. The Silver Cross staff shared breastfeeding information with new moms at the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration Day display on August 3.

Optimal infant-feeding practices

Breastfeeding is vital to the healthy growth and development of infants. It also has important implications for the health of mothers.

  • Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life
  • ­Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Exclusive breastfeeding – the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even water
  • ­Breastfeeding on demand
  • ­ No use of bottles, teats or pacifiers
  • ­ After 6 months, infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyondBecause breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health, the United States has worked to increase the breastfeeding rates over the years, and keeps a Breastfeeding Report Card. In 2007 in the United States 73.8% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, in 2010 it was 75%, and in 2014 it was 79.2%. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiation rate goal for Healthy People 2020 is 81.9%. “We hope our efforts at Silver Cross to promote and support breastfeeding will help more moms breastfeed their children,” said Cathleen Vasquez , RN, IBCLC, RLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Silver Cross Hospital.Research shows that the best feeding option globally is the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Continued breastfeeding with solid foods added is optimal through the second year and beyond. Even though exclusive breastfeeding for the first six month is optimal - in the U.S. in 2014 only 18.8% of women were able to achieve that goal. Increasing maternity leaves, and increased support for working mothers, will help mothers breastfeed longer. Silver Cross Hospital offers Prenatal 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 has monthly English Breastfeeding Support Groups.   Visit the Silver Cross web site for Breastfeeding Class and Support Group information.
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