JACKSON, CA - What babies are fed in the first days and months of life have long-term health impacts. During World Breastfeeding Week, Sutter Amador Hospital hosted local mothers in an annual event celebrating breastfeeding and motherhood. Eighty mothers that attended the hospital’s Breastfeeding Success group in the past year were invited to the event.
“We have hosted a luncheon celebrating these new moms and babies for the past 12 years as part of World Breastfeeding Week,” said Laura Cooper, RNC, manager of the Sutter Amador Family Birth Center.
“This year’s breastfeeding campaign reminds us that in a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers,” said Jane Snyder, R.N., IBCLC of Sutter Amador’s Family Birth Center, “Breastfeeding is a universal solution that levels the playing field, giving everyone a fair start in life.”
Breastfeeding is a natural way to provide valuable nutrients and bonding between a new mother and her child. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old.
As a Baby-Friendly facility, a designation Sutter Amador Hospital received earlier this year, the hospital offers several free classes to provide breastfeeding mothers the information and support needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their children.
“Our goal is to facilitate the best birth experience possible for every mother and newborn,” said Cooper. “We promote bonding and support breastfeeding throughout our patients’ hospital stay.”
Sutter Amador Hospital has also hosted a weekly breastfeeding support group since 2004. Mothers and babies gather to get assistance from a certified lactation consultant at no cost. The weekly groups are a forum for moms to meet other new moms in the community, exchange helpful ideas on breastfeeding, baby care and motherhood. All moms and babies in the community are welcome to attend. The next breastfeeding class is on at the hospital.
To register or for more information on the hospital's prenatal breastfeeding classes and groups, visit sutteramador.org or call 209-223-7452.