Kudos to the Sinai-Grace Women’s Services Team who are working toward a World Health Organization (WHO) Baby-Friendly designation. For this designation, Sinai-Grace’s goal is to increase the breastfeeding rates in our community to help improve the health of our mothers and infants. To accomplish this, the Sinai-Grace Women’s Services Team will be giving all mothers the information, confidence and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Leading Sinai-Grace’s Baby-Friendly Journey is lactation consultant (also referred to as a breastfeeding specialist) Linda Gilyard, BSN, RN, IBCLC. In her full-time position, Linda teaches mothers how to feed their baby by helping any new moms experiencing breastfeeding problems, like problems with latching and low milk production. She also shares her expertise with the mother/baby nursing team so they too can help moms successfully breastfeed.
According to the National Institutes of Health, breastfeeding carries many health benefits for both infants and mothers – including nutritionally balanced meals, some protection against common childhood infections, and better survival during the first year of life, including a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Their research also shows that the skin-to-skin contact of breastfeeding may have physical and emotional benefits. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age.
Thanks to the hard work of Linda and the other mother/baby nursing team members, moms who deliver their child at Sinai-Grace can get the knowledge and skills they need to successfully breastfeed.
This week, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital celebrates both National Nurses & Hospital Week. Sinai-Grace is proud of its team of nearly 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers who help care for more than 100,000 patients every year. We recognize and thank the Sinai-Grace team for the hard work, dedication and compassion that they demonstrate to our community each and every day.
Sinai-Grace Hospital is fortunate to have many super heroes. Meet just a few of them, and learn how they are helping people live happier, healthier lives.
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