BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Breastfeeding is often considered to be one of the most controversial aspects of having a baby — new mothers are often made to feel that they must breastfeed, or their child will be in the 99% for their entire lives — destined to a lifetime of mediocrity. Members of organizations like La Leche frequently have the reputation of being over the top and inappropriate — telling women that the pain that is often a part of breast feeding is actually a part of making sure babies are well taken care of.
And even at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, new mothers will tell you that the “Lactation Specialist” is only scheduled for an hour or so a day in the maternity ward — presenting a problem when the new baby wants to breastfeed and the ‘specialist’ is off the clock.
All that being said, Boca Regional is preparing for a pro-Breast Feeding event on August 4th. Here are the details:
In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Boca Raton Regional Hospital will host an event aimed at raising awareness and comprehension of the benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mom. As part of a world-wide initiative, whimsically entitled the “Big Latch On,” breastfeeding mothers will gather at Boca Regional on Saturday, August 4 at 10:30am to feed their babies, share their breastfeeding experience with other women and be part of similar events occurring simultaneously across the nation and abroad.
According to Karen Edlington, RN, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Boca Regional, the initiative was started in New Zealand in 2005 and has now grown to over 400 sites in nearly 20 countries. “Events such as this give us a platform to reinforce the significant benefits of breastfeeding, not only for nursing mothers, but for women who are pregnant and considering their options”, she said.
Research has demonstrated that breastfeeding contributes to the normal growth and development of babies. Those who are not breastfed are at increased risk for infant morbidity and mortality, adult obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and premenopausal breast and ovarian cancer. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least the first six months of infancy to optimize heath benefits.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which is rated in the top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care by HealthGrades®, places a heavy emphasis on its lactation services. In February of this year, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association both recognized the Hospital’s Toppel Family Place for excellence in lactation care.
“We are exceedingly proud of these honors and believe they reflect the deep commitment our entire staff has to promote breastfeeding and support new mothers that have made this important choice,” said Edlington. “We hope that breastfeeding moms and those interested in learning more about breastfeeding will join us on the 4th as we celebrate this most important healthcare decision.”
The “Big Latch On” at Boca Regional is free. Women must register, however, beginning at 10am the day of the event. For more information, contact Cari Tanella at 561-955-5415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.