The Floyd Memorial Birthing Center is proud to celebrate 2014 World Breastfeeding Week August 1 through 7. Floyd Memorial encourages new moms to breastfeed within the first hour after delivery since the baby is most alert and more apt to latch on to mom’s breast. The baby imprints, recognizing mom’s smell and will naturally navigate toward her breast, leading to a more successful breastfeeding. All Floyd Memorial Birthing Center nurses are trained in assisting with breastfeeding, and there are two certified lactation consultants on staff. Research has shown that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Floyd Memorial also offers lactation stations with pumps for its associates to express breast milk while at work. They also offer a private breast pumping station to visitors and guests of the hospital in the Floyd Memorial Birthing Center 24/7.
For more information on World Breastfeeding Week, visit the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action at waba.org.my.