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ValleyCare Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Hospital news | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA -- World Breastfeeding Week 2013 is August 1-7. ValleyCare Heath System is dedicating the entire month of August to reminding the community about the benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk remains the only natural, complete and complex nutrition for human infants. It is nature's formula for ensuring the health and quality of life for infants, as well as through childhood to adulthood.

"Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child," says Kristen Perkins, RN, a certified lactation consultant with ValleyCare. "Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breast milk, from antibodies which protect an infant at birth, to the exclusive nutrients in mother's milk which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases. The benefits are incalculable."

Although breastfeeding is a special, intimate time between mother and baby and most mothers elect to breastfeed, it may not be instinctual for baby or mom and is sometimes a difficult skill to master. ValleyCare Lactation Services recognizes that a strong support network makes all the difference in mothers achieving their breastfeeding goals and offers a wide array of services and support including prenatal and post-birth classes.

Research shows that when mothers get breastfeeding help from family, friends and professionals they resolve questions and problems faster and become more satisfied with their breastfeeding. According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), one of the goals of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is to draw attention to the importance of peer support in helping mothers to establish and maintain breastfeeding.

While understanding that breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging and is a learned skill, the lactation consultants at ValleyCare encourage new moms to give it a try. A lactation specialist visits new moms in the hospital, offering education, support and encouragement.

Magical Hour

At ValleyCare Medical Center, we celebrate the Magical Hour – allowing time during the first hour after delivery for skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding with as minimal interruptions as possible. We offer moms and their newborns the best possible experience and the “Magical Hour” is the perfect way to start life together as a family. ValleyCare also offers rooming-in. By valuing and supporting personal, protected time a mother, her significant other and baby spend together following birth and throughout their stay, we help them establish their new family unit.

ValleyCare has received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Care Award twice since 2010. The most recent award was for implementation of the Magical Hour.

ValleyCare offers a variety of maternity classes including prenatal breastfeeding. Those who would like more information, or need assistance once they've left the hospital, are encouraged to contact ValleyCare Lactation Services. The office is open 1-4pm Monday-Friday and located at 5725 W. Las Positas, Suite 235, Pleasanton, (925) 416-3598. Click here for more information on ValleyCare's Lactation Services.