HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese recognizes National Breastfeeding Month in August and the benefits of breastfeeding. World Breastfeeding Week was also celebrated at the hospital August 1-7. Each breastfeeding mom delivering during this timeframe received a gift basket of breastfeeding-related items from the Women and Infants Center.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that breastfeeding is supposed to work almost like a newborn’s first vaccine, providing vital antibodies and an immunity boost through the mother’s milk. 

“Whether by the breast or pumping breast milk, breastfeeding is important to an infant by providing protection against many illnesses, while also helping in the bond between the mother and baby,” said Brenda Lappe, RN and lactation consultant. 

Breastfeeding Benefits

  • Breast milk is liquid gold. Colostrum, known as liquid gold, is the thick yellow breast milk that mothers make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her stomach can hold. 
  • Breast milk changes as your baby grows. Colostrum changes into what is called mature milk. By the third to fifth day after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help your baby continue to grow. It is a thinner type of milk than colostrum, but it provides all the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest. For most babies, especially premature babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk and it takes time for babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting them.
  • Breast milk fights disease. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness such as ear infections, asthma and gastrointestinal infections, among others.
  • Breastfeeding is beneficial to mothers as well. Mothers who breastfeed tend to, recover from childbirth faster, and are at a lower risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Baby-Friendly Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s is a designated Baby-Friendly birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. 

Serra Morton, manager of women and infant services at St. Joseph’s, shared, “This designation means we use the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to provide mothers with the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.”

Breastfeeding Support
For mothers needing additional support to be successful in their breastfeeding journey, the Women and Infants Center at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese offers a breastfeeding education class. To check for upcoming dates and register for the class, visit here

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese also offer support and education to mothers through an online Breastfeeding Support Group through Facebook. Those interested in joining this online Breastfeeding Support Group need to have a Facebook login and then search Facebook for “Breastfeeding Support Group: Southern Illinois” and request to join.

For even more information about breastfeeding, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/.

The Women and Infants Center at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese honored all breastfed babies born during World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2021, with a surprise gift basket. Pictured is Brenda Lappe, RN and certified lactation consultant, presenting the gift basket to Alison Fuhler and her newborn son. Brenda Lappe, RN and certified lactation consultant at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, gives a gift basket to Cortney Walker and her newborn son in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2021.


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