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Paoli Hospital to participate in global ‘Big Latch On’ event marking World Breastfeeding Week

Paoli Hospital July 31, 2013 News Releases

Paoli Hospital is hosting its own “The Big Latch On,” Friday, Aug. 2, 10:30 am in the Potter Room, as part of the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1–7. Attendees will join breastfeeding women and their babies/children from 120 countries around the world who will be participating in the synchronized event. Organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, the week marks the signing of the WHO/UNICEF document Innocenti Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity for women in our community who are breastfeeding to come together and offer support to each other,” said Donna Sinnott, Lactation Consultant at Paoli Hospital and Chairperson of the Main Line Health Lactation Committee. “Paoli Hospital has one of the highest initiation rates for breastfeeding in the state and is recognized for its efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. We are happy to be a part of this international program.”

Paoli Hospital recently received the distinguished International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Paoli Hospital was one of 12 hospitals in Pennsylvania and one of 277 hospitals world-wide to receive this award.

The Big Latch On event is hosted by Nursing Mothers Alliance and sponsored by pediatrician Josh Rabinowitz, DO, and the Advocare Newborn Network, in association with Main Line Health’s Nursery and Lactation Committees. Registration begins at 9:45 am. Following the event, participants can stay and mingle with other moms and ask questions of the Nursing Mothers Alliance breastfeeding counselors until 11:30 am.

For more information about the Big Latch On, contact Kathy Lopez, president, Nursing Mothers Alliance, at nursingmothersalliance@yahoo.com, 267.290.8418. Visit our website for information about Paoli Hospital and Main Line Health’s breastfeeding and lactation support services, and for a schedule of the prenatal breastfeeding classes and breastfeeding support group meetings.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in the following areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, geriatrics, knee replacement, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.