Breastfeeding awareness class

Rogue Valley Medical Center and Three Rivers Community Hospital are sponsoring breastfeeding awareness gatherings in Medford and Grants Pass on Friday, Aug. 1, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1 -7. The gatherings are intended to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and to show support for women who choose to nurse their babies.

  • Grants Pass, the World Walk for
    Breastfeeding will begin from the small gazebo off Park St. in
    Riverside Park at 10 a.m. The walk is free and there is no
    registration. Please call Katherine at 472-7223 or Cindy at 955-8838
    for more info.

  • Medford, the
    gathering will be at the RVMC Pediatric Rose Garden area from 1 to 3
    p.m. Information about the benefits of breastfeeding will be available
    as well as the chance to meet with lactation specialists and mothers
    who support breastfeeding. For information call the RVMC lactation
    nurse specialists at (541) 789-5984.

    
Benefits of Breastfeeding
   

  • Babies
    who are breastfed for at least the first six months of life show a
    marked reduction in almost all viral and bacterial illnesses, including
    diarrhea, ear infections, and respiratory infections.

   

  • For
    mothers, a reduction in the risk of at least two types of
    cancer-ovarian and pre-menopausal breast cancer-as well as reduced
    incidence of osteoporosis and hip fractures.

   

  • When
    a mother holds her baby skin-to-skin immediately after birth, it keeps
    baby warm, regulates its heart and respiratory rate, and baby does not
    feel pain as acutely. To learn more about the benefits of
    breastfeeding, call the lactation experts at Rogue Valley Medical
    Center at (541) 789-5984, or Three Rivers Community Hospital at (541)
    472-7223.

 

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