The week of August 1-7, celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. Created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), this celebratory week seeks to raise awareness and support for women’s right to breastfeed and work. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!” hopes to empower women to declare their right to breastfeed to ensure the health of their babies
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urge women to breastfeed their babies for their first six months, supplemented by two or more years of breastfeeding and nutritious foods. These organizations stress these breastfeeding recommendations due to the incredible health benefits for both mother and baby. (PAHO/WHO)
WABA recognizes the struggles that women may experience in the workplace following maternity leave. This organization calls for global action and the support of women’s right to breastfeed and the implementation of maternity protection laws. During World Breastfeeding Week 2015, WABA hopes to achieve a series of goals. Some of these goals include galvanizing multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed, safely and adequately and promoting actions for employers to become Family/Parent/Baby and Mother-Friendly and to actively facilitate and support employed women to continue breastfeeding their children. (WABA)
Studies have shown that along with mothers and babies, organizations and companies can reap the benefits of breastfeeding. By promoting women’s right to breastfeed, workplaces can see increases in employee satisfaction and decreases in absenteeism. Besides WABA, PAHO and WHO also urge employers to develop policies regarding paid maternity leaves, paid breaks for breastfeeding, a room in the workplace for breastfeeding, and shorter work days for breastfeeding mothers. (PAHO/WHO)
Little Company of Mary Hospital is the third Baby-Friendly hospital and birth center in the state of Illinois and the first hospital in the Chicagoland area to achieve this designation. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, LCMH provides excellent maternity care which aims to achieve optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding. LCMH follows the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, which assists hospitals in giving all mothers information, confidence, and the skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely. LCMH offers comprehensive support and education to women throughout all phases of pregnancy. The hospital’s programs include breastfeeding, childbirth preparation, and infant care support.
“This accreditation further validates our mission to provide our newborns with the best possible healthy start in life,” explains Mary Grimm, manager of Little Company of Mary’s Family Birth Center.
If you or someone you know is pregnant or planning to start a family and would like a private tour of our new Family Birth Center, visit our website at www.lcmh.org/baby . To learn more about breastfeeding and Little Company of Mary’s free Breastfeeding Support Group, contact Little Company of Mary’s Lactation Office at 708.229.5418.