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Sutter Amador Hospital Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Sutter Amador Hospital | 0 comments

What we feed babies in the first days and months of life have long-term health impacts. During Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Sutter Amador Hospital celebrates the successes of new moms and reminds us that breastfeeding is a natural way to provide valuable nutrients and bonding between a new mother and her child.

Mothers and their babies attend a celebration at Sutter Amador Hospital.

“The breastfeeding awareness campaign reminds us that we all have a part to play in creating an environment for women to breastfeed successfully,” said Jane Snyder, IBCLC, R.N. at the Sutter Amador Hospital Family Birth Center. “An open mind and strong community support can make it easier for moms to reach their breastfeeding goals.”

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), the hospital hosted their annual World Breastfeeding luncheon inviting 75 mothers who attended the Breastfeeding Success group over the past year to the celebration.

“We enjoy reuniting with the mothers and babies to see how they have progressed,” said Snyder, who has hosted the luncheon for the past 11 years. “It’s an opportunity to reconnect and celebrate these new mothers’ accomplishments as it relates to challenges and sacrifices of breastfeeding.”

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 175 countries as a way to encourage breastfeeding and support moms who are helping improve the health of their babies around the globe.

Sutter Amador Hospital hosts weekly breastfeeding support groups for 13 years in addition to free breastfeeding classes that provide mothers with information from a certified lactation consultant prior to giving birth. The weekly groups are a forum for moms to meet other new moms in the community, exchange helpful ideas on breastfeeding, baby care and motherhood.

“It’s amazing to see them come together and offer ideas, comfort and support to each other,” said Sasha Hernandez, IBCLC, peer counseling supervisor with Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program. “I always tell moms there is nothing like being around other mothers who are going through the same thing as you.”

For more information on the hospital’s prenatal breastfeeding classes or the weekly Breastfeeding Success group, visit sutteramador.org or call 209-223-7452. All moms and babies in the community are welcome to attend.

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