HCP Adds Breastfeeding Task Force
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[July 28, 2014]
LINCOLN - Healthy Communities
Partnership announced today that a new task force has been established
in order to promote and encourage breastfeeding in Logan County. The
task force is working to make breastfeeding the norm for all babies and
for breastfeeding to be celebrated and better accepted in Logan County.
Members of the task force include representatives from local healthcare
providers including Springfield Clinic, the Logan County Department of
Public Health and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Research has proven that breastfeeding is best for babies and
mothers. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive
breastfeeding until a baby is six months old, and continued
breastfeeding with the additional of nutritious complimentary foods
for up to two years or beyond. Mothers also benefit from
breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade,
according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The
percent of babies breastfeeding at six months increased from 35
percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010. The percent of babies
breastfeeding at 12 months also increased from 16 percent to 27
percent during that same time period. The data show that babies who
started breastfeeding increased from 71 percent in 2000 to 77
percent in 2010.
“This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who
are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal
infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have
lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers,” said CDC Director, Tom
Frieden, M.D. M.P.H. “Also, breastfeeding lowers health care costs.
Researchers have calculated that $2.2 billion in yearly medical
costs could be saved if breastfeeding recommendations were met.”
Angela Stoltzenburg, Healthy Communities Partnership manager, was
proud to make the announcement.
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“The vision of HCP is to make Logan County the healthiest
community in America. Breastfeeding is linked to many long-term,
positive health outcomes. As we struggle with high rates of
diabetes and obesity in Logan County, supporting efforts to make
breastfeeding more common in Logan County is absolutely the
right thing to do,” said Stoltzenburg.
The breastfeeding task
force is also proud to announce that at this year’s Logan County
Fair, there will be a breastfeeding station available to nursing
moms. Anytime the fair is open nursing moms are invited to visit the
First Aid station. The Logan County Department of Public Health has
coordinated the space including a comfortable chair provided by
HCP is funded by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. For more
information about HCP or the breastfeeding task force, visit
www.healthycommunitiespartnership.com or call 217.605.5008.
[Text received; ANGELA STOLTZENBURG,
HEALTH COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP]