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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Episode 45 (Epilogue): World Breastfeeding Week

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Click here for audio coverage of Saturday's Big Latch On 2012, during which over 8,600 mothers and babies nursed simultaneously around the world.
We kicked off tonight with an interview with the beautiful Anni Daulter of Sacred Pregnancy. Anni told us about her upcoming Sacred Pregnancy Retreat in Ojai, California from November 2-5. For more information please contact Anni at

Next we talked about the history of World Breastfeeding Week and shared the recently released CDC 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card. We also talked about lending support to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, who we are hopeful will become a Baby Friendly Hospital in conjunction with their new tower. To become a Baby Friendly Hospital, as designated by UNICEF and WHO, a hospital must meet these ten criteria:
  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice “rooming in”-- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
We then welcomed Jamee Thumm of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc. Jamee talked about the 2011 and upcoming 2014 Breastfeeding Survey, the Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County (which meets next on September 19th at 10:30-12:00 at the Sarasota County Health Dept Rm 2063 on Ringling Blvd), and Healthy Start's World Breastfeeding Week celebration, including the 7th Annual Door Decorating Contest and a Proclamation from City of Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell which reads:

WHEREAS, breastfeeding promotes bonding between mothers and children, creating a strong foundation for nurturing family relationships, and provides an excellent nutritional start for babies; and

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is the natural way to feed an infant, laying a foundation for lasting health and wellness for both mother and child, and for optimal health, breastfeeding is all that is needed for the first six months and should continue when babies start eating other foods; and

WHEREAS, breast milk is easily digested and contains antibodies from the mother that pass to the baby and naturally builds a healthy immune system to prevent illness and allergies; and

WHEREAS, the benefits of breastfeeding are weight loss, reduces chances of breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, helps contract the uterus after birth, releases oxytocin and promotes maternal bonding; and

WHEREAS, Healthy Start Coalition, LeLeche League and Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota, supports continued research and education in promoting breastfeeding as a high priority to improve the health of all babies. 

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing August 1-7, 2012 as “Breastfeeding Awareness Week,” a week of special importance and worthy of the recognition of the citizens of the City of Sarasota.

Jamee also would like our listeners to know that the Healthy Start Coalition helps breastfeeding moms that are returning to work with tips for talking to their bosses, knowing their rights, helping workplaces accommodate breastfeeding mothers and assisting with creating a workplace breastfeeding policy. Please contact Jamee at or call her at 941-373-7070 ext 303 for more information.

Then we welcomed Jeanie De La, Certified Lactation Counselor, on the air to talk about resources available to nursing mothers in Sarasota County. These include:

FL Breastfeeding Coalition (
Breastfeeding for African American Women (
The March of Dimes (

Office of Women’s Health BF Help Line
(M-F 9 am-6 pm EST) 1-800-994-9662
African-American Breastfeeding Alliance
(M-F 9 am-5 pm EST) 1-877-532-8535

• Healthy Start will assist ANY new mom who needs help solving breastfeeding problems.  
Call (941) 861-2905.
• Healthy Start Coalition’s Save My Life Program for African Americans.  Beverly Phelps 
can be reached for one-on-one free breastfeeding support at (941) 373-7070, ext. 306.
• Healthy Start for Spanish speaking moms: Call Suzanne Sendlebach at (941) 861-2605 
for breastfeeding classes and home support.  

Breastfeeding Warm Line: 917-7413
Breastfeeding Classes: 917-1700
• Sarasota Memorial Home Health – One free home visit for all mothers who deliver at Sarasota Memorial through Nurses for New Moms Program.  Additional lactation nurse assistance and/or home health aid assistance available. Call (941) 917-7730 for information. 

North Port ER and Healthcare Center, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road
Tuesdays 10—11:30 AM, Call (941) 917– 1700 for more information. 

Kati Serbin: 726-5135
Monthly meetings are held in Sarasota, North Port, and
Bradenton. Call for more information.

First Presbyterian Church 2050 Oak St., Sarasota
Jeannie: (941) 266-4156

WIC and Nutrition Breastfeeding Coordinators:
Aubrey Will (Sarasota) - 861-2960
Susan Kling & June Vargas (Venice) - 861-3336
• WIC moms (Sarasota County): Call your peer counselor at the WIC office (941) 861-2929 

Walgreens: Waldemere Plaza - 955-6012, Bee Ridge & 41 - 926-2522

Finally, we welcomed Kati Serbin, La Leche League leader and co-organizer of the Big Latch On 2012. Kati told our listeners about La Leche League and when meetings take place:
  • First Monday of the month at 6:30 pm: Cafe La Leche, partners welcome! (Starbucks on Fruitville and Honore)
  • Second Thursday of the month at 10:00 am at Rosemary Birthing Home
You can call a La Leche League leader any time for breastfeeding support. These are our community leaders:
Julia           941-918-1767
Jessica       941-866-0295
Tanya         ‎941-350-1537
Kati             941-726-5135
Amber       954-624-5348
Christine    941-374-3870

La Leche League Series Meetings are open to all interested women (pregnant, nursing and otherwise). Mothers bring their questions and concerns about breastfeeding. There is also a planned topic of discussion that covers the practical, physical, and psychological aspects of breastfeeding. No two meetings are quite the same. Series meetings tend to focus on nursing during the first year. Moms nursing children of any age are always welcome and encouraged to come share triumphs and trials, enjoy mother-to-mother support, gather information and form relationships with other nursing moms. LLL groups have informal discussions.Children are welcome.

We opened the conversation to all of our experts and learned quite a lot. Jeanie De La cited the book "The Wonder Weeks" and we all agreed that support only becomes more important as newborns and nursing relationships grow.

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