SwedishAmerican Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health is proud to support World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – 7.

In an effort to encourage breastfeeding, SwedishAmerican recently earned the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) designation, which encourages and recognizes hospitals that provide an optimal level of care for breastfeeding and mother/baby bonding. The hospital also offers a free breastfeeding class for expectant mothers; a free breastfeeding support group that takes place every Tuesday from 1 – 2:30 PM; and lactation consultants and counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, the hospital has two pumping rooms available for staff members.

During World Breastfeeding Week, lactation consultants will provide free cookies and punch to mothers who attend the free Tuesday breastfeeding support group. Lactation consultants will place treats in the pumping rooms to thank and recognize our very own SwedishAmerican employees who breastfeed. SwedishAmerican’s lactation team members also will participate in the Big Latch On event on August 5 at the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza. Lastly, information about breastfeeding will be displayed on the 4th floor of the hospital.

“Breastfeeding is the best gift a mom can give her baby that will have lifelong effects on them both,” says SwedishAmerican Lactation Consultant Paula Hart. “World Breastfeeding Week, and every week throughout the year, is the perfect time to stress the importance and health benefits of breastfeeding and provide help and support to patients throughout the breastfeeding journey.”

According to Baby Friendly USA, breastfeeding offers an unmatched beginning for children; mothers who breastfeed are healthier; families who breastfeed save money; communities reap the benefits of breastfeeding and the environment benefits when babies are breastfed.

For more information about SwedishAmerican’s FREE breastfeeding services, contact the Lactation Office at (779) 696-4890.

For further information, contact:

Katryna Kirby