Expert Health Professionals Lecture about Breast Health and Breastfeeding
The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates that breastfeeding has many benefits—human milk is easy for a baby to digest, has all the nutrients, calories and fluids a baby needs to be healthy, it even has growth factors that ensure the best development of a baby’s organs—and further, it does not need to be prepared and is always readily avaliable. Research also suggest that breastfeeding may help protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, eczema, colitis and some cancers.
With breastfeeding having so many benefits to the development of a baby—another question posed is what is the correlation to breastfeeding and breast health? And, that question initated a free community lecture, sponsered by St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Community Outreach Program, featuring expert health professionnals of the disciplines. St. Catherine’s Medical Director of the Breast Health Program June Lee, MD, St. Catherine’s Medical Director of OB/GYN Frank Bonura, MD and St. Catherine’s Lactation/Perinatal Education Coordinator Jennifer Giordano, RN, BSN, IBCLC, joined together to educaate the community about “Breast Cancer Health and Prevention and the Benefits of Breastfeeding”.
Medical Director of OB/GYN Dr. Frank Bonura was the first to speak and addressed the importance of calcium and vitamin D for all women, and explicitly stressed its need for the breastfeeding mother. “Babies receive vitamin D from their mothers—so if you are not intaking enough then the baby is not receiving the recommnded amount,” said Dr. Bonura. He reccomended intaking dairy products like milk and yogurt on a daily basis for optimal levels.
Breast Health Program Medical Director Dr. June Lee initiated her dicussion by posing the question, “How many of you know someone with breast cancer?”, and with the majority of the women in the room affected by the disease wether directly or indirectly—the topic of the best prevention tips were well sought after. After dispelling the myths of breast cancers, Dr. Lee educated women about high risk factors, like family history and hyperplasia (increase in the number of proliferation cells), followed by the dicussion of risk reduction. She advocated that the gold standard for risk reduction is early detection by means of yearly mammograms, starting at age 40.
Finally, St. Catherine’s Lactation/Perinatal Education Coordinator Jennifer Giordano informed the group about the benefits of breastfeeding, advocating that “breastfeeding is the best nutrition from the start—it’s natural and it increases better wellness for mother and baby.”
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center provides pre and postnatal lactation support services and comprehensive breast health services.
Photo (L-R): St. Catherine’s Lactation/Perinatal Education Coordinator Jennifer Giordano, RN, BSN, IBCLC, St. Catherine’s Medical Director of OB/GYN Frank Bonura, MD, Barbara Neuhaus, NP and St. Catherine’s Medical Director, Breast Health Program June Lee, MD.
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