August is World breastfeeding Month and members of the Wayne County Breastfeeding Task Force are working to create awareness that breastfeeding is best for the lifelong health and emotional well-being of both mothers and babies. Even though it is best, new moms often face challenges that can make breastfeeding seem overwhelming – including whether to breastfeed if they will be going back to work. This year’s 3rd annual Breastfeeding Summit is focused on offering the information and support needed to help make breastfeeding possible, even when working. The summit will also be announcing another option to help offer the support needed for breastfeeding success – a new Wayne County Baby Café.
The Summit will be held on August 6th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.at Park Presbyterian Church at 110 Maple Court in Newark. Admission is free and open to the public. Information on services available for new moms and babies, refreshments and drawings for prizes will be available. Everyone with an interest in learning about breastfeeding, including family members or friends who are helping a new mom/mom-to-be who is/is considering breastfeeding, is invited. Speakers will include: Tara Gellasch, MD, Associate Chief of OB/GYN, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital; Rebecca Surgoine, RN, IBCLC, a Registered Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital; Maureen Weidman, IBCLC, also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County; Michelle Hall, Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Women’s, Infants and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC); and Christy Richards, RN, BSN, CLC, Chronic Disease Coordinator, Ontario County Public Health.
The unveiling of details about the Wayne County Baby Café (a Baby Café USA*) will be the highlight of this year’s summit. Baby Cafés offer a drop-in center that is open at least once a week for breastfeeding moms. They provide a relaxed environment with comfy seating, refreshments and a play area for toddlers and are staffed by qualified breastfeeding consultants. In addition to providing professional advice and support with breastfeeding, Baby Cafés also offer the opportunity for camaraderie with other new moms who are going through similar experiences for confidence-building and potential friendship as well.
Studies have shown many connections to breastfeeding and physical and emotional health both, for the baby and the mother, including lower obesity rates for both. Obesity is a contributor to many diseases including: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, joint deterioration and other chronic, life-threatening diseases including blindness and the loss of limbs. Breastfeeding can also be attributed to other physical and emotional health benefits. Babies receive extra immunity from their mother’s milk to protect against ear and other infections, digestive issues and constipation. Women who breast feed typically lose the extra weight from the pregnancy faster and also have decreased rates of breast and uterine cancers. Breastfeeding also promotes bonding between mothers and their babies, an important element in emotional well-being and development.
The Summit is sponsored by: Wayne County Rural Health Network, Wayne County Public Health, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Rochester Regional Medical Groups and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County. Financial support is provided by a grant from NYS DOH, Office of Rural Health. Other members of the Task Force include: Wayne County Action Program’s Head Start and Youth and Aging Programs, the Child Care Council, the WIC Nutritional Program, Literacy Volunteers, 21st Century Community Learning Center and Sodus Community Health.
Registration is requested but not required. For information, call Janine DeCook at (315) 332-2492.
*Baby Café USA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centers and other services to support breastfeeding mothers.
Baby Cafe USA is associated with The Baby Cafe, managed by the UK organization NCT (National Childbirth Trust). The name and logo are trademarked in the U.S. All U.S. Baby Cafes are licensed by Baby Cafe USA.
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