Baby Cafe Promotes Breastfeeding
POSTED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 12:24pm
The Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin is an advocate of breastfeeding. She recently issued a “Call to Action to Support” remove barriers for nursing mothers.
The Baby Cafe in El Paso is stepping up to assist mothers. The non-profit organization is one of three lactation drop-in centers in the United States that assists moms with breastfeeding. Breast feeding has been proved to lower children's risks of developing diabetes and becoming obese.
Amy Gurule and her seven-week old son John make frequent visits to the Baby Cafe. Babies come to feed and mommies get support and guidance. " It's a great place. I don't know what I would have done without it ,” said Gurule.
Erika Rivera, a new mom and active user of Baby Cafe's user said, “I think it's a great help especially for new mothers like myself to learn how to breast feed”
A huge draw for Amy and Erika is the free access to lactation consultants.
We help people with things like positioning and how to make sure the baby gets enough to eat and whether or not the baby is thriving and doing well,” said Elizabeth Berkeley, Baby Cafe's lactation consultant.
Public health authorities are working on promoting breast feeding. Evelyn Scott, El Paso Department of Public Health's RNA nurse and lactation consultant said, “breast feeding is a very basic and inexpensive way to make sure that infants are given the first immunizations.”
The Academy of Pediatrics said infants and mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of health problems. It is recommended that a baby be breast fed until they are one-year old.
Baby Cafe is free to the community and open five days a week to moms, dads and babies.