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Catholic Health Launches Breastfeeding Education Initiative

You’re a new mother who’s having some trouble breastfeeding. Or, perhaps you’re an expecting mother with questions about nursing. The problem is you’re not sure who to turn to for expert advice. Fortunately, there are a number of centers across the world that will support and provide you with a relaxed atmosphere.

It’s Only Natural

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) decided to begin a new initiative called “It’s Only Natural.” This program is designed to educate women about the benefits and importance of breastfeeding. “It’s Only Natural” is also designed to give breastfeeding mothers useful tips to maximize breastfeeding results.

Baby Cafe

Aside from DHHS’s announcement of their new initiative, Catholic Health has also launched events at Baby Cafe in Buffalo, New York. These events primarily educate mothers about why breastfeeding their children until at least age one is recommended.

Currently, Catholic Health is using Baby Cafe to hold meetings twice a week. Internationally certified lactation consultants are available for anyone, including fathers or other relatives, who’d like to learn more about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Advantages

According to the Baby Cafe coordinator Tina Harmon, breastfeeding for a year or more has a number of benefits. Some of these include a decreased susceptibility to diarrhea, asthma, allergies, various viruses, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Studies have also shown breastfeeding increases your child’s I.Q. significantly and is much easier to digest than formula.

However, breastfeeding isn’t only good for your baby. As a mother, it also carries benefits for you. It reduces your risk of breast cancer and can assist in your post-birth weight loss. This happens because breastfeeding burns approximately an extra 500 calories per feeding.

About Baby Cafe

Although the question and answer sessions are new to a single location, the Baby Cafe’s themselves aren’t. The Baby Cafe charity was founded in the year 2000 by lactation consultants. The initial goal for this particular charity was to provide high quality support for breastfeeding mothers in a relaxed setting. Mothers were encouraged to drop in, ask questions, nurse or pump without the discomfort of public feedings.

Baby Cafe became a success. Shortly after opening its doors, other centers around the country were established. Before too long, they were found around the world. Right now, there are approximately 29 Baby Cafe centers across the United States. There are also a number of them scattered across the globe in countries such as China, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom among others.

Baby Cafe is Not Discriminatory

So, what about mothers who prefer to use formula? Fortunately, Baby Cafe provides services to these women as well. All mothers are welcome no matter their income level, lifestyle or other status; even though Baby Cafe’s primary mission goal is geared towards nursing mothers.

The events at the Buffalo area Baby Cafes are just the beginning. Assuming these informal seminars are successful, Catholic Health hopes to see them spread across many, if not all, of the locations. There, you’ll be able to further you and your child’s well-being and socialize with like-minded mothers.