Submitted by: PeaceHealth

It is said that breastfeeding is a gift to a baby that lasts a lifetime.

During World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), PeaceHealth will kick off a month-long campaign to individually and collectively pledge support of breastfeeding in the Whatcom County community. All community members are invited to participate at www.peacehealth.org/breastfeedingpledge.

“Breastfeeding is a natural and nourishing way to feed infants that brings many benefits for both the mother and the baby. It gives babies all of the nutrients they need, including personalized immune boosters, and protects them from various health conditions.” said International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Johanne Roorda with PeaceHealth Medical Group OB-GYN. “It also provides special bonding time with a mom and reduces her risk of certain diseases and conditions—including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease and diabetes—as well.”

But breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily for moms and babies. “It’s our goal atPeaceHealth to normalize breastfeeding and provide the resources and guidance to ensure that every mother who can and wants to breastfeed will get the help she needs to be successful,” Roorda shared. “This is also our goal for our World Breastfeeding Week 2019 pledge campaign. We hope to reduce barriers to help more mothers and babies experience the benefits of breastfeeding.”

The pledge shares recent and ongoing steps PeaceHealth has taken to promote breastfeeding and asks participants to commit to taking their own actions to support breastfeeding. It will be open throughout the month of August. Those who participate will be entered to win a prize gift basket. 

“Mothers need to know that they are not alone,” Roorda said. “We as a community can do our part to lighten the load of breastfeeding mothers to set them up for success.”

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center provides quality care for northwest Washington with its full-service 253-bed hospital and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics. Key services in Bellingham include comprehensive cardiology, oncology, orthopedic and rehabilitation services and a joint venture outpatient imaging service. Visit us online at peacehealth.org

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