August 1, 2014
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. For infants, it decreases the incidence and severity of many infectious diseases, reduces infant mortality and optimally supports neurodevelopment. It also decreases infants’ risk of becoming obese later in childhood. For mothers, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
For information on UK HealthCare’s Breastfeeding Support Services, please see the links/references below:
Meet the UK HealthCare Breastfeeding Support Services Team:
During the hospital stay, lactation consultants are available:
After discharge, UK HealthCare continues to offer support to new mothers through the Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Clinic and the Nursing Your Infant Classes.
- Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Clinic: Kentucky Children’s Hospital providers perform breastfeeding assessments to all interested mothers.
- Nursing Your Infant Class: A certified lactation consultant teaches the class about the advantages of breastfeeding, discusses guidelines and reviews positioning.
Additionally, UK HealthCare is making it easier for Moms to be successful in their breastfeeding goals with the Birthing Centers “KY Wildcat” steps for successful breastfeeding. This initiative, and others led by our Best Fed Beginnings team, will help us to become the only major hospital in Kentucky to achieve the esteemed Baby Friendly Designation!
For more information about breastfeeding, please see the link below from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health: