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Atrium Medical Center Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week

Middletown, Ohio, July 30, 2012 — In an effort to help raise public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. Atrium Medical Center encourages new mothers in its Family Birth Center to breastfeed and supports this year’s theme by the International Lactation Consultant Association that “The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding.”

Breastfeeding is described as the “gold standard” or best form of nutrition for infants to grow healthy and strong. It provides frequent skin-to-skin time with mom that is both calming and comforting for the baby. Research has shown that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life are also more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases. For both baby and mother, the benefits are abundant, including:

  • Breastfeeding helps develop the immune system so infants have less ear infections, severe infections of the intestines, urinary tract infections, few allergies and diarrhea.
  • Breastfeeding leads to decreased risk of childhood obesity, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) and less asthma.
  • Breastfeeding is now recommended as a strategy for reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • For the mother, breastfeeding can result in quicker recovery and postpartum weight loss, less anemia and lower rates of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and breast cancer.

“It’s our responsibility to give new mothers the knowledge and ongoing support needed for successful breastfeeding,” explains Michelle Gnagey, certified lactation consultant at Atrium Medical Center. “We begin this early through education in our prenatal classes, during a woman’s stay in the Family Birth Center and continue to be there for her even after she and her baby have gone home.”

Pregnant women can take Atrium’s Breastfeeding Basics class that teaches positioning, breastfeeding benefits, resources, preventing problems and information about pumping and returning to work. During her stay in Atrium’s Family Birth Center, breastfeeding moms receive an inpatient lactation consultation by a certified lactation consultant and nurses knowledgeable in breastfeeding.

“Through these efforts, our society will ultimately benefit from having healthier mothers, babies and children,” adds Gnagey.

To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding or to sign up for a Breastfeeding Basics class, please visit

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