The month of August begins the celebration of World Breastfeeding Month. The goal of World Breastfeeding Month is to support and promote breastfeeding as the normal way of giving babies the best start in life.
Breastfeeding has been shown to provide numerous benefits to the health of the baby and the mom. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition in collaboration with the Wisconsin WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program will be providing a breastfeeding training program available to health care professionals and community members.
Building Bridges is a 31/2 hour education session that seeks to provide education to bridge the breastfeeding gap between hospitals and the community and build community support for new mothers.
Often the week after birth and leaving the hospital is the most difficult time for women who are breastfeeding their infants. This program seeks to provide resources to any health professional that might have contact with women and infants in this critical time.
The program is presented by professional breastfeeding educators Jan Barger and Carol Peterson from Lactation Education Consultants. Program topics include: Bridging the Gap between hospital and community, five baby friendly practices to increase breastfeeding, baby led self-attachment, why are we supplementing, identifying feeding cues, dealing with guilt issues, breastfeeding the late pre-term infant, and how WIC can help.
Any medical professional or community member that supports women in the postpartum period is encouraged to attend. We invite physicians, pharmacists, social workers, nurses, students, dietitians, and interested community members to attend. There is no cost to attend the presentation and participants will take home a bag of breastfeeding resources. A grant from Security Health Plan will enable each organization attending the conference to receive copies of current breastfeeding reference books.
Two sessions will be held at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander Wednesday, Aug. 14 and two sessions held at Howard Young Medial Center Thursday, Aug. 15th. The morning session is 8 to 11:30 am and the afternoon session runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For registration information, visit the Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition website at www.oneidacountypublichealth.org/?p=628 or contact Cheri Nemec at 715-588-1020.