Holy Cross Medical Center supports breastfeeding

Health

Compiled by Doug Cantwell
Posted 12/19/19

Holy Cross Hospital is promoting breastfeeding among its employees, patients and the wider community. Working with the Latch On Breastfeeding Coalition and the NM Breastfeeding Task Force, Taos Chapter, the hospital has created a lactation room and sponsored a breastfeeding mural, recently completed on the corridor wall outside the Labor and Delivery wing by muralist Lynnette Haozous.

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Holy Cross Medical Center supports breastfeeding

Health

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Holy Cross Hospital is promoting breastfeeding among its employees, patients and the wider community. Working with the Latch On Breastfeeding Coalition and the NM Breastfeeding Task Force, Taos Chapter, the hospital has created a lactation room and sponsored a breastfeeding mural, recently completed on the corridor wall outside the Labor and Delivery wing by muralist Lynnette Haozous.

Studies show that moms know how beneficial breastfeeding can be for themselves and their babies, but without sufficient support, it can become impossible. Breastfeeding requires commitments of time and energy from family members and employers as well as from the mother. Returning to work is often the time when a mother will abandon her plans to breastfeed if there are no accommodations for pumping milk or breastfeeding the baby on-site (if the caregiver can bring the baby to the workplace).

Breastfeeding offers numerous health benefits for both baby and mother. Breastfed babies have lower rates of infant mortality and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); fewer digestive and respiratory illnesses; and fewer ear infections. Children who were breastfed have fewer instances of childhood cancer, allergies and asthma, lower risk of diabetes types 1 and 2, lower rates of obesity, better immunity and improved brain maturation.

Adults who were breastfed as babies are also less likely to develop autoimmune diseases, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Mothers benefit from breastfeeding their babies as well, experiencing lowered risk of breast and ovarian cancer, autoimmune diseases, endometriosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

For more information, visit my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15274-the-benefits-of-breastfeeding-for-baby--for-mom.

- Compiled by Doug Cantwell

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