Benefits of Breastfeeding Program Extend Beyond Babies and Moms
You may know that breastfeeding is best for the health of baby and mom. But did you know breastfeeding also reduces health care costs, decreases absenteeism and increases workplace productivity and morale for moms and dads? It’s even better for the environment.
According to data from Lincoln’s two maternity care hospitals, 91% of moms intend to breastfeed. By receiving consistent breastfeeding information and by having access to appropriate breastfeeding management when issues arise, moms are able to meet their breastfeeding goals and feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in the process.
Every day we work with breastfeeding moms — some first-time parents, some knowing they want to breastfed, others undecided. A story that captures the reason why I love this initiative and my job, is about a mom who did not plan to breastfeed but she was open to trying. I talked to her about her feelings and offered education and support.
She decided to “just give it a try” and the baby began breastfeeding right away. When I returned later, she was holding her baby and crying. “I never truly planned to breastfed because I thought it was gross, but that was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced,” she said “I was so wrong about how I would feel about it and I’m glad I decided to try it. Thank you so much!” She ended up breastfeeding for a year.
We believe every mom deserves the opportunity to make informed decisions based on accurate, reliable, consistent information and an opportunity to meet their breastfeeding goals. Every breastfeeding journey is unique and I love helping moms find their way. The sense of empowerment moms gain over the course of these differing journeys is incredible to watch blossom.