During World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7, mothers worldwide will celebrate the link between breastfeeding and a healthier planet.
“Breastfeeding is important for newborns to bond with their mothers and to decrease their chances of SIDS, diabetes, obesity, respiratory and GI infections, and cancers that can be more common with formula-fed babies,” Christi Braun, registered nurse and lactation consultant at Centegra Health System said.
“Breastfeeding is important for a mother to decrease her chances of postpartum depression, osteoporosis and cervical, ovarian and breast cancers, and the longer a mother and baby breastfeed, the longer those benefits will last and compound on top of each other,” Braun said.
Centegra’s Breastfeeding Resource Centers in McHenry and Huntley support mothers by providing support groups and consultation at each hospital, and one-on-one consultations, as well as selling some breastfeeding supplies.
“We also help our mothers on the floor with hands-on help when they need it,” Braun said.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend six months of exclusive breastfeeding, and then up to one to two more years and beyond of breastfeeding, as long as mother and baby both desire to.”
Breastfeeding support groups can help mothers with education, reassurance and camaraderie with other mothers, Braun said.
“It’s basically a free consultation in a group because you’re lactation consultant is there, and we can help you with your needs right there.
“The global Big Latch-On is an event held every year during World Breastfeeding Week,” Braun said. “It’s held to help promote support and normalize breastfeeding, and to set world records for breastfeeding at the same time.”
For more information on breastfeeding, visit centegra.org/breastfeeding.
Centegra Health System, 4309 Medical Center Drive, McHenry, IL 60050