Floyd Memorial Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, Bringing Awareness to the Benefits of Breastfeeding

July 30, 2009

Medical organizations worldwide emphasize the importance of breastfeeding and the role of support for new mothers, and Floyd Memorial Hospital is no exception. This year, World Breastfeeding Week takes place August 1-7 and Floyd Memorial is excited to educate new mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is vital for infant growth and development, providing both nutritional and health advantages that last far beyond infancy. A new study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed the impact breastfeeding has on both infant and maternal health. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia and sudden infant death syndrome in the infant, as well as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes in the mother.

“When mothers breastfeed, they can be assured that their babies are getting the best nutrition and disease-fighting protection for life,” Floyd Memorial’s Breastfeeding Committee member and Family Practice Physician, Anna Fisher M.D., said.

“Floyd Memorial offers International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) to provide expert help and support when new mothers face challenges and obstacles,” Fisher said. “IBCLCs can help mothers understand how to get off to a good start with breastfeeding. They can also provide information and reassurance to help mothers feel confident in breastfeeding. Throughout the breastfeeding experience, the continued contact with these mothers is vital to a successful experience post discharge.”

At Floyd Memorial, in 2008, 73 percent of new mothers were breastfeeding at discharge. With such a large number of new mothers breastfeeding, Floyd Memorial provides a 24-hour help line to assist these mothers with any arising questions.

To commemorate World Breastfeeding Week, Floyd Memorial will offer a free breastfeeding class on Thursday August 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The discussion will include helpful hints, practical guidelines, and common misconceptions about breastfeeding. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE for more information or to register for the breastfeeding class or visit us online at www.floydmemorial.com.