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Main Line Health hosts ‘Big Latch On’ events honoring World Breastfeeding Week

Main Line Health August 11, 2014 News Releases

World breastfeeding weekMain Line Health hospitals, including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital, hosted “Big Latch On” events on August 1 to kick-off World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 to 7. A total of 56 moms gathered together at Main Line Health’s four acute care hospitals to join other breastfeeding women and their children from 120 countries around the world in a synchronized breastfeeding event.

As part of the Big Latch On, all breastfeeding women and children must be latched on for one minute at a set time and are counted by witnesses. Main Line Health’s numbers for this year will be added to the world’s Big Latch On number to hopefully beat last year’s record, when 14,536 women and their children came together across the world to breastfeed simultaneously. The Big Latch On’s mission is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding women and their babies.

Donna Sinnott, board-certified Lactation Consultant and chair of the Main Line Health Lactation Committee, said the purpose of the Big Latch On is “to normalize breastfeeding, create a community in support of breastfeeding, and to simply help set a record for the most women breastfeeding at once.”

Main Line Health’s Big Latch On events were organized and hosted by the Nursing Mothers Alliance and the MLH Lactation Committee and sponsored by Josh Rabinowitz, DO, section chief of Nurseries at Main Line Health, the Advocare Newborn Network and the Main Line Health Department of Pediatrics.

To continue the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, moms who deliver at a Main Line Health hospital will receive special gifts that may include World Breastfeeding Week bibs, a calendar, a candy bar and other breastfeeding items.

Main Line Health provides prenatal breastfeeding classes, as well as staff trained in breastfeeding to assist breastfeeding mothers and babies during their hospital stay. Lactation rounds are made routinely with each breastfeeding mother, and lactation support is available during the baby's hospital stay, to all breastfeeding mothers with babies in the NICU and on Pediatrics. For information about Main Line Health’s maternity services, including lactation and breastfeeding support, visit mainlinehealth.org/maternity.

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.