Bayhealth Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week

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Bayhealth Medical Center

Want a healthy baby? The easiest and most effective way of doing this is to breastfeed your child during the first year of life!

During World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7, Bayhealth will try to raise public awareness about how breastfeeding benefits both mother and baby.

“There are many health benefits to breastfeeding your baby. That includes reducing your baby’s risk for cancer, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, allergy and asthma. This has all been documented through years of medical research,” said Bayhealth Lactation Services Program Coordinator Gail Smith, RN, IBCLC.

According to Smith, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby receive only breast milk during the baby’s first six months, and then a combination of breast milk and complementary food until the end of the first year. Smith says breastfeeding also benefits the mother by facilitating a healthier cardiovascular system, better body weight and a reduced likelihood of breast cancer.

Bayhealth is part of The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) , a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Bayhealth will offer a two day Breastfeeding Conference on August 20 & 21 plus a free community talk on the evening of August 20th. For more information about the conference, or to learn more about lactation services please call the Breastfeeding Help Line at (302) 744-7233.