Swedish/Issaquah celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

July 31, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Swedish/Issaquah will commemorate the 20th annual World Breastfeeding Week with a celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live music and breast-feeding education on Aug. 1.

The goal of World Breastfeeding Week is to generate public support and awareness for breast-feeding families.

Tamara Wescott, a lactation consultant at the hospital, said the entire community is welcome to come celebrate and earn prizes, get massages and learn about the benefits of breast-feeding.

“We’re hoping to get families from all different developmental phases,” Wescott said. “Grandparents can come, pregnant women can come, breast-feeding families can come and bottle-feeding families can come. We just want to show everyone what is available on our Issaquah campus and what is available in the surrounding neighborhoods that support breast-feeding and families with young children.”

If you go

World Breastfeeding Week Celebration

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4Aug. 1
  • Swedish/Issaquah
  • 751 N.E. Blakely Drive
  • Second floor conference center

Children can bring their favorite teddy bear to get a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic and learn about health assessments from the Swedish/Issaquah pediatric team. Kids will also be entertained with stories and music.

Community vendors will be on hand with breast-feeding resources and information. Doctors and lactation consultants, including Wescott, will be available to answer questions.

The event, hosted by Swedish/Issaquah Pediatrics and Obstetrics, underscores the hospital’s commitment to making sure families are educated about the benefits of breast-feeding, Wescott said.

“Every patient is seen by the lactation consultant to get breast-feeding off to a good start at Issaquah, which is a little bit different than other campuses and other facilities,” she said. “Breast milk protects against lifelong illnesses and provides immunity to our children.”

Wescott said she hopes the celebration will show participants that breast-feeding is a natural part of human life.

“I think the most important thing is for people to realize that breast-feeding is a normal way to feed a human infant,” she said. “We are carry mammals, we’re designed to carry and breast-feed our young on demand. We want to normalize that to all of the public.”

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