The healthy benefits of breast-feeding were highlighted March 4, as nurses, doctors and midwives celebrated International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Day at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels, Texas, according to a news release.
“Breast-feeding prevents obesity in infancy, childhood and adulthood,” Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, who is trained as a certified lactation consultant at the hospital, said in a news release. “Researchers believe breast-feeding lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes in later life, and the immune components contained in breast milk reduce the risk of allergies and asthma.”
IBCLC are nurses and physicians who undergo rigorous exams and certification processes and are trained on the latest breast-feeding techniques and research-based information that exists, according to the release. IBCLC Day was developed to recognize the consultants’ specialized knowledge and the difference they are making in the lives of breast-feeding mothers and babies.
“Common misconceptions about breast-feeding include ‘I won’t be able to produce enough milk,’ or ‘my baby may be allergic or not like my milk’ — these are myths,” Deborah Ehrhardt, BA, IBCLC, lactation consultant coordinator of breast-feeding services at CSRH-NB, said in the release. “Instead, research shows breast-feeding provides some of nature’s best baby food.”
In addition to the focus on breast-feeding, the hospital offers a variety of prenatal and postpartum classes. In the Great Expectations classes, both mom and dad learn skills for their birth experience that help them prepare for labor and delivery.