CMHS Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7
The many health benefits of breastfeeding are relatively well-known in the United States, but here’s a few facts you may not have heard about breastfeeding:
- Studies have tied breastfeeding to intelligence of the child: Shorter durations of breastfeeding for children were associated with a 2.6 point loss in IQ
- Breastfeeding is one of the best investments in global health. Every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns.
While the benefits of breastfeeding to both a baby and its mother have been well publicized here at home, some nations still don’t promote breastfeeding, or invest in it, as much as global healthcare leaders would like. In some poor or developing nations and places where people lack access to clean water, breastfeeding plays a vital role in reducing hunger and helping babies survive and thrive.
World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated internationally every year from August 1st – August 7th, helps encourage breastfeeding, reduce poverty and hunger, and improve the health of babies. Breastfeeding is a low-cost way to feed babies their best food, prevent malnutrition and promote brain growth in babies worldwide.
Community Memorial Health System wholeheartedly supports this global effort! Breastfeeding is the foundation for a healthy life in any country – including here at home.
To help mark World Breastfeeding Week at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, we are passing out Dove chocolates to the parents in our Mother-Baby Unit with a little card attached that says, “This chocolate is the same size as your infant’s stomach.” This fun, tasty, and educational treat helps parents understand the importance of the small amount of colostrum (first milk) that babies receive at each feeding in the first few days and how this is perfect for their stomach capacity. We are also hanging World Breastfeeding Week balloons and posters to create a festive environment and remind everyone of this important message.
At our New Parent Resource Center, we are celebrating by offering funny infant t-shirts for sale that say, “Breastmilk: The Original Fast Food,” and “I Eat at Mom’s.” Stop by and grab yours while they last!
We would also like to remind families that CMHS offers a FREE weekly Breastfeeding Support Group that meets on Thursdays at 3pm. In addition, parents who deliver at Community Memorial Hospital may schedule an appointment with a certified lactation consultant for help with breastfeeding. We want to make sure new moms have the help and support they need to get started and continue breastfeeding their baby for as long as possible.
The CMHS Breastfeeding Support Group is led by a registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. Participants can ask questions, share advice, or just listen in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The group is hosted in a casual drop-in format so breastfeeding families should feel free to stop by the New Parent Resource Center at 2580 E. Main St. More information is available by calling 805.667.2838 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.