2012-08-17 / Community

SJEH Observes Breastfeeding Week


The team that spearheaded World Breastfeeding Week activities at SJEH (from left to right): Olufunmilola Ademola, RN, Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery and Maternity; Debbie Steger-Cohen, RN, Lactation Coordinator; and Naasira Salahuddin, RNC, MSN, Director, Nursing Education, Quality and Research. The team that spearheaded World Breastfeeding Week activities at SJEH (from left to right): Olufunmilola Ademola, RN, Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery and Maternity; Debbie Steger-Cohen, RN, Lactation Coordinator; and Naasira Salahuddin, RNC, MSN, Director, Nursing Education, Quality and Research. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital observed World Breastfeeding Week, which was held from Wednesday, August 1, to August 8. World Breastfeeding Week was first declared 20 years ago, kicking off initiatives to promote, support and protect breastfeeding around the globe. Breastfeeding offers many benefits to babies including the special protection mother’s milk gives, its easy digestibility, and many more. It also is the perfect food for premature babies.

At St. John’s, an information display and table was set up in the Hospital lobby with information about the importance of breastfeeding for raising healthy children. Raffles were held and prizes given away. St. John’s has a lactation coordinator who conducts breastfeeding education to mothers of newborns.

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