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New Study: Mothers Feed Infants Solid Foods Too Early

-Englewood Hospital Offers Wide Range of Lactation Support Services-

(Englewood, NJ, March 26, 2013) – Four out of 10 mothers are feeding their babies solid food much earlier than child development experts recommend, according to newly-released research.

The results of the study are now available online, ahead of publication in the April issue of Pediatrics. Researchers say at least 40-percent of moms introduced solid foods to their children ahead of the suggested four to six month mark, with the highest percentage among formula-fed babies and the lowest percentage among breastfed babies.

Experts advise against early feeding, which has been linked to the development of chronic conditions, including childhood obesity, celiac disease, diabetes and eczema. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend babies receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of their lives.

The Family Birth Place at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center helps to educate parents about the benefits of breastfeeding. A group of dedicated lactation consultants, nurses and physicians also formed a Breastfeeding Task Force, aimed at developing new strategies to better support a mother’s choice to breastfeed.

“Englewood Hospital recognizes the critical role it plays in helping new mothers achieve and manage their breastfeeding goals,” said Teresa Mancuso, RN, MA, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant at Englewood Hospital. “The Medical Center offers a wide range of support and education services during and after a patient’s hospital stay to ensure their breastfeeding experience gets off to a good start.”

The following pre/post natal resources are available to mothers who choose to breastfeed:

Breastfeeding Class: An educational session is offered covering the basics and rewards of breastfeeding, including how to breastfeed, the health benefits for mother and baby, and what parents can expect physically and emotionally with the breastfeeding experience.

Nursing Staff: The nurses are specially trained in assisting breastfeeding families. In addition, our initiatives of placing babies skin to skin with their mothers after delivery and our efforts to keep mothers and babies together as much as possible during their hospital stay, facilitates a successful breastfeeding experience.

Lactation Consultants: Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s) at Englewood Hospital are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They assist breastfeeding mothers in the Family Birth Place during their hospital stay and also offer individualized teaching sessions in patient rooms.

Breastfeeding Support Warm Line: This helpline provides extended access to Englewood Hospital’s Lactation Consultants, who are available to address any questions or concerns after patients are discharged.

To learn more about these services, call Ines Serna at 201-894-3727. To view the extended list of Childbirth Education & Pre/Postnatal Wellness Classes, visit www.englewoodhospital.com.

Source: HealthDay

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.