World Breastfeeding Week, August 1st – 7th

Most women have heard that breastfeeding gives babies a healthy start in life.  Did you know that breastfeeding provides nutritional and health advantages that include reduced risk of ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, obesity, diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?  It has also been shown to be vital for women’s health by lowering the mother’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and diabetes.

Nearly all medical and professional organizations worldwide emphasize the importance of breastfeeding and the role of support for new mothers.  Research has made it clear that breastfeeding is vital for infant growth and development, and has a profound impact on both infant and maternal health.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, positive breastfeeding support from physicians, nurses, and other health professionals has been shown to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.  Over 90% of the Mother Baby Unit nursing staff at SMHCS have advanced certification training in breastfeeding.  This advanced certification adds a dimension to the bedside nursing role that encompasses the nurse as a breastfeeding counselor and an educator in lactation management.  The training speaks to the staff commitment to providing the very best care for patients.

In addition, all women who deliver their babies at SMHCS are offered a complimentary home visit through the Nurses for New Moms Program.  These nurses, while providing care for the mother and baby, also have advanced certification training in lactation and therefore can provide that added support for mom at home.

SMHCS works hard to support best practices in infant feeding and nutrition, which not only assists mothers in reaching their chosen breastfeeding goals, but through support of breastfeeding, works to improve nutritional and health outcomes for both mom and baby.

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