St. Christopher's Celebrates Second Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Week at the Hospital

Top Quote St. Christopher's Hospital for Children will celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, by hosting a breastfeeding awareness week August 3-7, 2015 at the hospital. End Quote
  • Philadelphia, PA-NJ (1888PressRelease) July 02, 2015 - To celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children will host a breastfeeding awareness week August 3-7, 2015 at the hospital, located at 160 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. This is the second year that St. Christopher's is hosting events in honor of the nationally-recognized month.

    The events will help raise awareness for the importance of breastfeeding and provide helpful information to hospital employees, patients, and the community. Throughout the week, tables with educational materials on breastfeeding, staffed by St. Christopher's employees, will be set up in two locations: the Upper Atrium at the main hospital and the lobby of the new Center for the Urban Child, located across the parking lot from the hospital.

    St. Christopher's currently has a hospital-based breastfeeding group, comprised of physicians, nurses, and Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBC), a person who receives training and competency verification in breastfeeding, including helping a baby latch on, knowledge of milk production, prevention and management of sore nipples, feeding difficulties, counseling mothers, handling and storage of breast milk and practical feeding. The group assists NICU mothers who are learning to breastfeed, as well as provides support and education to mothers throughout the hospital.

    Recently, this group collaborated with social workers from Ronald McDonald House, located on the campus of St. Christopher's, to obtain hospital grade breast pumps to be available at the Ronald McDonald House.

    According to Amanda Ring, RN, MSN, CRNP, NICU Nurse Educator at St. Christopher's, establishing a full milk supply in the first ten days is critical to the success of long term breastfeeding, and without a hospital grade pump it can be very difficult.

    In addition to providing support to inpatient babies, St. Christopher's provides breastfeeding support for outpatient newborns.

    "Currently, our group sees about 140-160 newborns per month and about 75% are breastfeeding or dual feeding [formula and breastfeeding," says Deborah Sandrock, MD, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), physician at St. Christopher's. "We assist moms in obtaining personal items to help with breastfeeding and work closely with home care visiting nurses who are involved with our patients. We also have a MILK hotline that provides breastfeeding support to moms if they have questions or concerns between appointments."

    The purpose of the breastfeeding group at St. Christopher's is to increase the rates of breastfeeding at St. Christopher's and to raise awareness of its benefits.

    "Breastfeeding may help to lower the risk of SIDS in babies, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Childhood Leukemia, ear infections, obesity and asthma," says Dr. Sandrock. "Breast milk is also easier to digest than formula and is rich in nutrients and antibodies."

    Dr. Sandrock adds that breastfeeding may also lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression in women.

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