World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated worldwide August 1 – 7, 2013. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers”, and highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families.
Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusive breastfed for the first six months of life 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. Mother also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Despite most mothers wanting to breastfeed, many are met with multiple and complex barriers that keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Support and encouragement from all angles can make success possible for mothers who wish to breastfeed. Negative attitudes and practices of the mother’s closest support network can pose a sizeable barrier, making it difficult for mothers and babies to successfully breastfeed.
At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, nurses in the Women and Children’s Division have extensive training in breastfeeding management and the majority holds national certification in Lactation. We are committed to helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. In addition, we offer both a prenatal breastfeeding classes as well as a weekly breastfeeding clinic held every Tuesday at 2pm in the Waldemere Plaza, 1921 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239. Also, for anyone requiring guidance or resources please call 917-7413.