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Supporting A Winning Goal—For Life—Breastfeeding!

August 1st, 2014

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) announced the slogan for 2014 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW—BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life! St. Catherine of Siena is pleased to support the theme which asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of  breastfeeding in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) countdown, and beyond. 

In 1990, 8 global goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), were set by governments and the United Nations to fight poverty and promote healthy and sustainable development in a comprehensive way by 2015. This year’s WBW theme responds to the latest countdown by asserting the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in the post 2015 agenda, and engaging as many groups, and people of various ages as possible.

Appropriate breastfeeding support can build a mother’s confidence with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding peer counselors, mother-to-mother support groups, and Internal Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) certificants work in communities and can provide a wealth of knowledge to breastfeeding families.

An IBCLC® is a certified health care professional with special knowledge and experience assisting breastfeeding families. St. Catherine’s free lactation support group is facilitated by an IBCLC instructor. Additionally, St. Catherine of Siena encourages “Rooming In”, which promotes non-separation for optimal, family-centered education and promotion of breastfeeding. “We encourage parents to take our prenatal breastfeeding class, speak up and request breastfeeding support in the hospital, because all of the nurses have been specially trained in breastfeeding and many are certified breastfeeding counselors,” said Jennifer L. Giordano, RN,BSN, IBCLC, St. Catherine’s Lactation Nurse.

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center provides pre and postnatal Lactation Support Services, for more information, call (631) 870-3444.

Photo: St. Catherine of Siena's Lactation Support Group