Mercy Health Family Birthing Centers Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7

(CINCINNATI; July 28, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, celebrates the 22nd Annual World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 1-7.

The Family Birthing Center teams at Mercy Health hospitals are leading special activities in Anderson, Fairfield and on the West Side, where Mercy Health – West Hospital is home to the only Family Birthing Center in the area. This year’s theme is Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - For Life! The theme ties breastfeeding’s importance to the United Nations’ goals of improving maternal health and reducing infant mortality globally.

Mercy Health understands the important role breastfeeding plays in the health of both moms and babies and has lactation consultants and counselors on staff to support new moms. The hospitals also offer breastfeeding support groups and lactation hotlines.

“Mercy Health supports World Breastfeeding Week because moms who choose and are able to breastfeed are doing one of the very best things they can to help their babies grow, thrive and be well, says Susan Rowe, Nursing Director, West Hospital Family Birthing Center and Surgical Services.

“Research shows that breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from diarrhea, respiratory and ear infections and allergic skin disorders. Breast really is best for babies,” says Michele Stokes, Nursing Director, Fairfield Hospital Family Birthing Center and Surgical Services.

“Because breastfeeding is so important, Mercy Health provides new mothers with the information, confidence and skills they need to breastfeed their babies successfully,” says Jasmine Rausch, Nursing Director, Anderson Hospital Family Birthing Center and Surgical Services.

Mercy Health – Anderson, Fairfield and West hospitals will have information tables open to patients, visitors and staff in public areas. New moms at Anderson, Fairfield and West hospitals who choose to breastfeed will receive a special gift and the hospitals will provide staff with fun and festive themed treats.

Mercy Health’s focus on breastfeeding has earned its Anderson and Fairfield hospitals Baby-Friendly designation from both the World Health Organization and UNICEF. They are also the only Cincinnati-area hospitals that The Ohio Lactation Consultants Association has named “Maternity Care Best Practice Hospitals” because they do not provide formula company gift products to new mothers. West Hospital, which opened in November 2013, will seek the same designations.

To find out more about Mercy Health’s breastfeeding support programs, please call 513-95-MERCY (513-956-3729) for class information. Please call 513-215-2020 (West), 513-624-3275 (Anderson) or 513-870-7883 (Fairfield) for lactation support information.