Monday, August 4, 2014

CoxHealth celebrates World Breastfeeding Week with an open house

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), CoxHealth Women’s Center invites you to an open house event at the Turner Center, Monday, August 4, 3-6 pm. followed by the TLC support group, 6-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy refreshments, samples of breastfeeding supplies, a gift for breastfeeding babies and 20% off purchases, which includes breast pumps. Attendees may also register to win a Medela Pump in Style breast pump.

This event highlights the benefits of breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding reduces a mother’s risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancers and also reduces postpartum depression, cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes,” says Denise Vaughan, RN, Nurse Educator with CoxHealth Women’s Center. “Breastfed babies have fewer earaches, colds, asthma, food allergies and eczema and less colic, constipation and diarrhea. Breast milk is the perfect food for human babies and promotes optimal brain growth and development.”

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continuing through one year of age with the introduction of solid foods. In addition, the AAP recommends that the mother and child continue breastfeeding beyond one year for as long as the mother and child both desire.

Breastfeeding mothers are always welcome to attend the TLC support group. It meets the first Monday of each month in the Turner Center, Suite 130. Vaughan explains how families are better able to meet their breastfeeding goals when they have the support of other breastfeeding mothers in their community. “TLC allows breastfeeding mothers to come together to support one another through encouragement, trouble shooting and idea sharing. There is also a member of our lactation staff present to answer questions and assist with any breastfeeding issues.”