Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Greenwich Hospital supports National Breastfeeding Month


Contact: Irene Villaverde
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Allegra Zemel, RN, IBCLc, left, and Amy Pavia, RN, IBCLC, answer questions at a breastfeeding information table set up recently at the hospital.

August 18, 2014 (Greenwich, CT) —The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Why? Because of the many benefits to both baby and mom, among them:

  • Breastfeeding provides all the nutrients a baby needs for healthy growth and development
  • Breastfed babies get fewer diseases, become less sick when they do get ill and are less likely to develop allergies.
  • Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

In support of National Breastfeeding Month, Greenwich Hospital lactation specialist nurses offer these "Seven keys to successful breastfeeding:"

  1. Keep your baby "skin to skin." This helps to regulate the baby's breathing, temperature and blood sugar and is comforting to mom.
  2. Room in with your baby. Rooming in not only supports bonding but familiarizes you with the baby's behavior, such as showing signs of hunger.
  3. Look for feeding cues. These include baby's putting hand to mouth and seeking the breast.
  4. Feed on demand. Offer the breast often, at least 8-12 times in 24 hours. Don't wait until the baby starts to cry, becomes agitated or puts his hands in the mouth — all late signs of hunger.
  5. Make sure the baby latches on well and listen for swallowing. Latching on properly promotes comfortable nursing for mom and sounds of swallowing ensures that baby is getting the most nutrition.
  6. Avoid unnecessary supplementation. Speak to your pediatrician or lactation consultant to help determine if your baby needs nutritional supplements.
  7. All of our Maternity Nurses are able to assist you with all of your breastfeeding needs. In addition, there are Certified Lactation Specialists/Counselors to provide additional breastfeeding support if needed.

Our lactation specialists are registered nurses, certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), recognized worldwide for its rigorous training standards. Whether a mother chooses to breastfeed or bottle feed her newborn, Greenwich Hospital offers a comprehensive program of services to support and guide her both before and after childbirth. For more information, call our Lactation Information Line at (203) 863-I Can (4226). For information on all of our maternity and Tender Beginnings services, visit our maternity section.