Photo 1:Breastfeeding mothers participate in The Big Latch On at Kingwood Medical Center.
Photo 2: Lactation Consultant Katie Perez holding her daughter Emmalyn at the Women & Children’s Center Baby Fair.
In celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, The Women and Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center hosted an educational baby fair for expectant, new and experienced parents in August to illuminate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, provide ongoing support and promote community resources for new moms.
The day’s festivities began with The Big Latch On, whereby 35 women and children came together to breastfeed simultaneously at 10:30 a.m. The event was part of the Global Big Latch On, an international synchronized breastfeeding celebration, in which more than 13,798 children breastfed during a one-minute count across 31 countries in 826 locations on Aug. 2.
During the afternoon, women had an opportunity to ask questions about infant health and development at the “Ask the Pediatrician” Lunch and Learn seminar, from a panel of experts including Pediatrician Dr. Shaina Karabinas, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Harris, Lactation Consultant Rosa Smith and Childbirth Educator Suzanne Schlesser.
“Hosting this annual event is one of the many ways the Women & Children’s Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the health benefits breastfeeding can provide,” said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center. “The Women & Children’s Center has earned the prestigious Texas Ten Step Program designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services and joins other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to new mothers as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.”