Martha Jefferson HealthWise--July 25th

Martha Jefferson Hospital Breast Feeding Classes and Clinics
Breast Feeding Week is August 1st - 7th, 2007.
Breast Feeding Classes are held three times monthly at the Anne Cary House, 419 Lexington Ave. Below are the dates for August and September.
August 6, 15, or 27
September 4, 8 or 25

These classes discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, getting started, common problems and the father's role. Other topics include pumping, going back to work and good nutrition for mothers. It is suggested that the father or support person attends with the mother. Registration is required and there is a fee for the class.

Helen Wanner discusses the benefits of breast feeding and the resources available for women and their babies. Their are overwhelming scientific studies that have shown their is a decreased risk of ear infections, allergies, SIDS, certain cancers, diabetes and obesity for the baby. Also, studies have shown that their is a reduced risk of having breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis for the mothers.

Economically, families save up to $1,400 on not buying baby formula for the first year. In addition, because breastfeeding is healthier, there are significant savings on doctor visits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that breastfeeding is important for optimal infant and child health and development. Their recommendations include that all babies be exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life, and then, with the introduction of solid food, all babies continue to breastfeed through the first year of life (and longer if the Mother and baby want to continue).

Martha Jefferson Hospital is unusual in that we have six International Board Certified Lactation consultants on staff. Also, we provide lactation services every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. We assist new moms and babies in the Hospital and provide phone consultations after they go home. Our Lactation Consultants also provide the only available out-patient lactation consultations in this area for all women and babies regardless of where they deliver.

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