By: Dr. Lauren G. Macaluso, Breastfeeding Medicine (New Hyde Park, NY)
Happy World Breastfeeding Week! This is the 25th World Breastfeeding Week coordinated by WABA, the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action. WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, prevention and support of breastfeeding worldwide. Each year World Breastfeeding Week has a theme and this year the theme is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. The focus is about working together, forging partnerships, and addressing breastfeeding at all levels.
Breastfeeding encompasses baby, mother, partner, family, community, healthcare, workplace and government. This is a time for all of us to reflect on what we can do as individuals and together to help protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
We at Allied have come together in the greater New York metropolitan area to support breastfeeding mothers and babies. I am proud to be part of Allied Physicians Group as our mission it to provide the highest quality healthcare emphasizing respect, integrity, compassion, humility and empathy. We are working together at several levels to assist breastfeeding mothers, babies and their families.
We have physicians focused in breastfeeding medicine providing office visits covered by insurance. Lactation consultants providing phone, home and office breastfeeding support. Milk depots providing a place where mothers who make more milk than they need for their own baby/babies can drop off their milk to be shipped to the New York Milk Bank after they have become an approved donor.
We take part in group activities within our communities via the American Academy of Pediatrics, Long Island and New York Lactation Consultant Associations, and La Leche League.
We work with our local hospitals, pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives, lactation consultants, breast surgeons, ENTs, oral surgeons, and feeding, physical and occupational therapists for optimal patient care.
We are so proud of the recognition in our community of the importance of successful breastfeeding. Mothers are wanting to exclusively breastfeed and their partners and families are supportive in this journey. We are providing time and place for women to feed their babies or express their breast milk in the workplace.
The Global Big Latch On takes place this week at locations around the world where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support. Friends, family and the community join in to promote and support breastfeeding. It is fun and inspirational to attend, so be on the look out to take part and support breastfeeding.