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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2


Palm Beach Health Network Hospitals Celebrate World Breastfeeding Awareness Week August 1st-7th

August 1st 2020 - The Palm Beach Health Network hospitals are raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week from August 1st-7th.  This year’s national theme is, “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet. 
“The Palm Beach Health Network hospitals recognize the benefits that breastfeeding has for babies, and we want to support families in our community who make this choice,” says Yvonne Troise, lactation consultant for St. Mary’s Medical Center.  “Our maternity and obstetrics hospitals, West Boca Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center, all have lactation consultants on staff to help provide education to our new mothers who are interested in breastfeeding their babies.” 
Many health professionals encourage new mothers to explore the option of breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to support the unequivocal evidence that breastfeeding protects against a variety of diseases and conditions in the infant such as:
respiratory tract infection
necrotizing enterocolitis
otitis media
urinary tract infection
late-onset sepsis in preterm infants
type 1 and type 2 diabetes
lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkins disease
childhood overweight and obesity
There are also maternal health benefits to breastfeeding such as:
decreased postpartum bleeding and more rapid uterine involution
decreased menstrual blood loss and increased child spacing (lactational amenorrhea)
earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight
decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers
Breastfeeding is also a great benefit to the environment and society. Breastfeeding families are generally sick less often, and the parents miss less work. It does not require the use of energy for manufacturing or create waste or air pollution. There is no risk of contamination and breast milk is always at the right temperature and ready to feed.
About the Palm Beach Health Network:
The Palm Beach Health Network is one of the largest healthcare networks in Palm Beach County consisting of, Delray Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center, along with various ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities and urgent care centers. All of our hospitals have received prestigious awards and accolades, national rankings and multiple accreditations. We are dedicated to the standards of excellent patient care that are the hallmark of the Tenet brand. 
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