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ValleyCare Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week

Hospital news | Thursday, July 28, 2011

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, and ValleyCare Heath System would like to take this opportunity to remind 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. "It is easier for mothers to reach their breastfeeding goals when they have support," notes Cathy Carothers, president of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Research shows that when mothers get breastfeeding help from family, friends and professionals like International Board Certfied Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), they resolve questions and problems faster and become more satisfied with their breastfeeding.

ValleyCare's Lactation Services recently received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Award, which recognizes maternity facilities worldwide that hire International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. ValleyCare has five certified consultants.

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. 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.