August was National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, with emphasis on World Breastfeeding Week.
In observation, OakBend Medical Center teamed up with members of the community to provide all new mothers with a breastfeeding friendly bag that included homemade burp cloths created by staff members, community members, and local churches.
OakBend also highlighted step number ten of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” Step number ten suggests fostering the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and referring mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
This step can include:
• Prevention of the decline in breastfeeding rates
• Awareness of and solutions to common breastfeeding concerns such as milk production and potential nipple engorgement or soreness
• Peer counseling support systems lead by women from the community who are trained in breastfeeding support
• Access to someone in the hospital for advice
New mothers have been proven more likely to continue breastfeeding for a longer period of time when a support system is available. For instance, a recent study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University found that mothers who received support from a lactation consultant were nearly three times more likely to breastfeed after three months.
OakBend staffs an International Board Certified Lactation consultant to educate and train patients and staff on the health benefits of breastfeeding, as well as evidence-based strategies to enhance breastfeeding. For details, call 281-341-2000 or visit the OakBend Medical Center’s Williams Way Campus- 22003 SW Freeway, Richmond, TX 77469.
For information on the benefits of breastfeeding, visit www.WomensHealth.gov