Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with these tips
World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1–7, 2016 and August is National Breastfeeding Month.
This year’s theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our well-being from the start of life, how to respect each other and how to care for the world we share.
In that spirit, breastfeeding initiation rates — a measure of how many infants start by feeding at the breast at birth — are an important measure of success for Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services.
More than 3,100 WIC infants initiated breastfeeding at birth in 2015, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.
3 quick breastfeeding tips
- Eight or more in 24: Babies breastfeed often — 8–12 times every 24 hours. Breastfeeding regularly helps establish a strong milk supply.
- “S2S” (skin-to-skin): Infants who receive uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact on their mother’s chest immediately following birth are twice as likely to breastfeed in the first hour of life versus infants who are swaddled.
- Second- to third-day “all-day buffet”: In their second day of life, infants are still adjusting to the world outside the womb, and will want to breastfeed frequently. This is normal.
Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services is proud to provide its WIC clients access to four international board certified lactation consultants. It services more than 11,740 clients monthly across 11 locations in Pierce County.
Almost half of all babies in Washington are on WIC. You are eligible for WIC if you meet the following criteria:
- Live in Washington state
- Are pregnant, a new mother or a child under five years of age
- Meet the income guidelines
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.
About The Author
Joanna Patraw, RD, CD, IBCLC, is a nutritionist and clinical dietitian with MultiCare’s Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services program. She is committed to helping families make informed decisions that support their health.More stories by this author