Published on August 01, 2022

Forrest General Hospital Promotes Breastfeeding, Serves as Milk Depot

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (August 1, 2022) August is designated as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. In recent months, the nationwide shortage of infant formula has brought breastfeeding to the forefront as an option for feeding your child. Forrest General has worked with other medical facilities in the Hub City to host Breast Milk Drives with donations going to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Mississippi. Forrest General serves as one of 11 Milk Depots across the state that accepts donations.

Throughout the month, Forrest General Hospital wants to help more women learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, while ensuring they also have the support they need.

Some of the benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Break milk provides proper, age-appropriate nutrition for infants.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies that reduce infants’ risk for bacteria and viruses.
  • Nursing may reduce a child’s risk of common childhood diseases.
  • Breastfeeding helps promote a healthy weight for both the infant and mother.
  • Breastfeeding causes the uterus to contract promoting healing after birth.
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a reduced instance of depression.
  • Breastfeeding can reduce a mother’s risk for some diseases, including breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Babies who breastfeed are shown to experience fewer ear infections, urinary tract infections, allergies, and illnesses requiring hospitalization.
  • Breastfeeding saves time.
  • Breastfeeding saves money. During the course of one year, breastfeeding could save your family more than $1,500 a year.

Because of the incredible benefits for both infants and mothers, breastfeeding is encouraged for a minimum of 12 months after birth. As the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Mississippi, Forrest General supports mothers throughout the entire breastfeeding process. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

In addition to breastfeeding classes, which are offered at no cost to any mother who delivers at Forrest General Hospital, specially-trained lactation nurses are available to help moms learn how to breastfeed and to answer questions. They can be reached by phone from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily at 601-288-3763.

To learn more about breastfeeding and breastfeeding classes, visit forrestgeneral.com/breastfeeding.


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