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Fairview Park Hospital Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2019
DUBLIN, GA (8/5/19): Each year, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated at Fairview Park Hospital from August 1 - 7 with an aim to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies all across the globe. For newborns, there are many benefits of breastfeeding, such as supporting healthy brain development, protecting against infection, decreasing the risk of obesity and disease, and providing a cost efficient alternative to formula.
“Bottle-feeding provides nutrients that babies need to grow, but breastfeeding is overall a better and healthier option,” says Kandy Riner, Certified Lactation Consultant at Fairview Park Hospital. “While we recognize the breastfeeding advantages for infants, we also want to educate new mothers on their benefits as well. These include decreasing the risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” says Riner. The goal of this week is to help educate our community and encourage breastfeeding practices.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. These benefits are substantial and will give mothers and their infants the best possible support in the start of a healthy bond.
“Some mothers worry that if they don’t breastfeed, they won’t bond with their baby,” says Riner. “But the truth is, a loving mother will always create a special bond with her child. And feeding time—no matter how—is a great time to strengthen that bond.”
To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, sign up to attend a free Breastfeeding Basics seminar held at Fairview Park Hospital on Saturday, September 7. The class will be held in the Classroom 1 at Fairview Park Hospital from 1:00 PM – 2:10 PM. Visit fphos.co/Breastfeeding to sign up, or call (478) 738-6277.
About Fairview Park Hospital:
Neighbors Caring For Neighbors – That is Fairview Park Hospital’s commitment to the residents of Laurens and surrounding counties. An HCA-affiliated hospital, this state-of-the-art, 190-bed acute care facility has provided quality health care for Dublin, GA, and the surrounding counties since 1982, with an estimated economic impact of $75 million annually. Comprehensive community health care services available at Fairview Park Hospital include more than 45 departments and specialty areas. In addition to serving the needs for acute, outpatient and rehabilitative care, the hospital is a leader in wellness, prevention and community health issues.