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Littauer celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2020

GLOVERSVILLE — According to a press release from The World Health Organization, the theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet.”

In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governmental bodies to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counseling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is one of very few hospitals in New York to offer breastfeeding services at the local level. These breastfeeding services are offered by staff who have expertise and skill in breastfeeding. Littauer offers many breastfeeding services with the help of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants, Nancy Quinlan and Elizabeth Vanier.

World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is a global event, meaning anyone can participate. Within the Mohawk Valley Region, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home is participating in the awareness week for breastfeeding.

“We’re very excited to announce our participation in WBW2020,” said Vanier in a news release. “We wanted to give our community the chance to participate themselves, so we have an exciting challenge they can participate in. Follow the Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home Facebook page to learn more about breastfeeding, the services we offer, and to learn more about the challenge.”

Those interested in participating in World Breastfeeding Week 2020, and those interested in participating in Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NathanLittauerHospital

Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. Additionally, it forms a sustainable food system. While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support — both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.

Skilled counseling services can ensure that mothers and families receive this support, along with the information, the advice, and the reassurance they need to nourish their babies optimally. Breastfeeding counseling can help mothers build confidence while respecting their individual circumstances and choices. Counseling can empower women to overcome challenges and prevent feeding and care practices that may interfere with optimal breastfeeding, such as the provision of unnecessary liquids, foods, and breastmilk substitutes to infants and young children.

Improving access to skilled counseling for breastfeeding can extend the duration of breastfeeding and promote exclusive breastfeeding, with benefits for babies, families and economies. Studies and other analyses indicate that increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children every year, generating $302 billion in additional income, globally.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to find innovative solutions to ensure that access to these essential services is not disrupted and that families continue to receive the breastfeeding services they need.

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