Breastfeeding is an infant's best source of nutrition, and helps to combat childhood obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breastfeeding also provides the child much-needed antibodies and forges a deep bond between mother and child.
We have almost reached the conclusion of World Breastfeeding Week, though Illinois has proclaimed all of August to be Breastfeeding Awareness Month. It is interesting to note a recent government report which shows that only 4% of hospitals offer a "full range" of breastfeeding support services to new mothers. From Medicinenet.com:
Researchers analyzed data from CDC's national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, and found that only 14% of hospitals have a written breastfeeding policy.
In nearly 80% of hospitals, healthy breastfeeding infants are given formula when it is not medically necessary. This practice makes it much more difficult for new mothers and infants to learn how to breastfeed and to continue breastfeeding at home.
Among the other findings:
Low rates of breastfeeding in the United States result in $2.2 billion in additional medical costs per year. Babies who are fed formula and stop breastfeeding early have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, respiratory and ear infections. They also require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions, according to the CDC.
It is important to know that there are many hospital-based resources here in Peoria for mothers who would like to learn more about breastfeeding. The OSF hospital provides a Breastfeeding Resource Center on Glen Ave. between University St. and Sheridan Rd., where they offer phone consultations, face-to-face meetings with lactation consultants, equipment, and support groups. Proctor Hospital provides informational classes on breastfeeding. Methodist Hospital also offers breastfeeding classes and consultations at their downtown campus. In addition, a national organization called La Leche League hosts mother-to-mother meetings at the Methodist campus right here in Peoria.
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