03 Aug 2015 10:59:29 MDT Written by: Administration


August 1-7 is recognized as worldwide breast feeding celebration week.   Breast milk has been proven through time to be superior to any other form of nutrition for infants and young children. Below are facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Breast milk is a live substance with unparalleled immunologic and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illness and diseases for both mother and baby.
  • Breast fed babies have significantly less ear, GI, or respiratory infections.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) death is considerably lower in breast fed babies. 
  • Young children who were breast fed have less asthma, childhood obesity, diabetes and leukemia.
  • Mothers who breast feed have lower breast and ovarian cancer rates as well as faster weight loss.

It is estimated that a household can save up to $1500 in one year by exclusively breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that if breastfeeding were increased to 75% at birth and 50% at six months, it would lead to a national savings of 3.6 billion a year. Breastfeeding moms who work are shown to be more reliable because infants have less chronic illnesses.

MMH offers an abundance of breastfeeding assistance at delivery and beyond.  Our nurses receive annual training on lactation and several nurses have additional credentials as certified breastfeeding counselors.  We are fortunate to have Tina Wilson, LPN who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). We offer a free follow-up program that includes breastfeeding help and general newborn advice.   Breast pumps are available on loan and we offer a dedicated lactation room for anybody in the community to use. New parents can also call 240-7272 anytime to receive telephone advice on breastfeeding and normal newborn behavior from our experienced nurses. If we are unable to help over the phone, an appointment can be arranged to meet with our IBCLC (free of charge).

We are proud to announce that starting in August, human donor milk will be available for our breastfed babies. Human donor milk is breast milk donated to the Rocky Mountain Breast Milk Bank from moms who have an abundance of breast milk. The breast milk is tested, pasteurized, packaged into bottles, frozen and transported to our hospital to use for infants who need additional supplementation for medical reasons or by parent request.

Montrose Memorial Hospital Family Center has dedicated the month of August to celebrate breastfeeding. Every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. we will have an open house at the birthing center.  Take a tour, have a Popsicle or a cup of coffee, and receive a breastfeeding support bag.

Visit MMH on Facebook and tell us what you like and what we could improve on. We hope all our friends and family know we are here to help with a positive breastfeeding experience.

 Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344

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