The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, is “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.” Choosing this theme highlights the need to support mothers from day one and throughout their breastfeeding experience. Peer counseling and home and community support is crucial to increasing breastfeeding rates and practices and supporting mothers.
According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: “Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.
“The Peer Counseling Program is a cost effective and highly productive way to reach a larger number of mothers more frequently. Peer Counselors can be anyone from the community who is trained to learn to support mothers. Trained Peer Counselors, readily available in the community become the lifeline for mothers with breastfeeding questions and issues. ‘The key to best breastfeeding practices is continued day-to-day support for the breastfeeding mother within her home and community.’”
Breastfeeding…An Important Decision
Not only is breastfeeding best for your baby’s health, it can also benefit you in ways you may never have realized. Breastfeeding is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s development.
Mothers’ milk is a unique combination of fats, sugars, minerals, proteins, vitamins and enzymes custom-made to promote brain and body growth. Your baby receives important nutritional, immunological, and developmental benefits, and both of you get to enjoy the special closeness of a nursing mother and baby.
For the Breastfeeding Mom
To ensure that your breastfeeding experience is a positive one, KHS offers a wealth of information and specialty products to make breastfeeding as easy and comfortable as possible.
Specialty products for breastfeeding:
- Portable electric pumps especially designed for active mothers
- Battery operated and manual breast pumps
- Pump cases, backpacks and shoulder bags
- Milk collection and storage bags, bottles and coolers
- Nipple shields and breast shells to relieve discomfort associated with engorgement and sore or inverted nipples
- Washable and disposable bra pads
- Supplemental Nursing System™ to assist adoptive and nursing mothers
Additional helpful products include:
- Baby scales
- Medicine dispenser
- Digital thermometers
- Nasal aspirators
- Nursery vaporizers and humidifiers
- Digital ear thermometer
- Pacifier digital thermometers
- Pacifier medicine dispenser
- Gift certificates
Women Helping Women
Whatever your needs, you’ll find our certified and experienced fitters treat all clients with compassion and respect. We have private, comfortable and spacious fitting rooms and carry a comprehensive inventory for immediate use.