OSWEGO – As one of the fastest growing segments of the US workforce, the contributions of working mothers are vital to a strong economy.
Yet working mothers can also find it difficult to balance their work and work demands with reproductive and care plans. As the largest healthcare system in Oswego County, Oswego Health certainly understands the benefits and supports an employee’s decision to breastfeed. OBGYN County.
Oswego Health has always had a designated breastfeeding room at Oswego Hospital to allow employees to pump while on the job, however, this needed a little overhaul and thanks to Director of Women’s Services, Jessica Leaf, RN, and the Oswego Health Foundation, support for the project was received from Norma and Jeff Barnes, Oswego Children’s Council and Oswego County OBGYN to provide a more holistic environment for staff. Soon, the renovated room will host breastfeeding classes and individual sessions for new mothers.
“I look back on the personal support I received from some of the staff at Oswego Hospital who helped and supported me while I was breastfeeding my own children,” said Norma Barnes. “It is an honor for my husband and I to offer help to new moms, or hospital workers, who need a safe, loving and comfortable place to be able to provide their babies with what they need. they need. Additionally, as the Co-Chair of the Oswego Children’s Council, I am pleased to report that our members are very grateful that this breastfeeding room is under development and that we are happy to provide additional financial support in order to that babies and mothers have a comfortable space. to use in the future.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for moms and babies. For mothers, breastfeeding lowers the risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.1 For babies, the American Association of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months and continued breastfeeding after other foods. are introduced for at least the first year.2 It can help prevent infections in babies (such as respiratory infections, diarrhea and ear infections) and may even improve a baby’s survival.
“Our practice and our providers are proud to support this initiative because we are strong advocates of breastfeeding,” said Daniel Mather, chief of staff at Oswego County OBGYN. “We’re excited to be able to help new moms and Oswego Health employees have a welcoming and comfortable space to encourage successful breastfeeding. “
The newly renovated breastfeeding room at Oswego Hospital is located on the maternity floor and offers an intimate and calming atmosphere, furnished with a comfortable chair, mini-fridge and built-in refrigerator. bluetooth speaker.
“Discovering the logistics of pumping at work can be a challenge and I am very pleased with the refurbished space as this environment not only provides our staff with a relaxing and appropriate breastfeeding room here at Oswego Hospital, but we will be able to provide space for our patients as well, ”said Jessica Leaf, RN, director of women’s services at Oswego Health.
1. Ip S, Chung M, Raman G, et. Al. Breastfeeding and Maternal and Child Health in Developed Countries. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep.). 2007 (153): 1-186.
2. World Health Organization (WHO). Breastfeeding. http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/topics/newborn/nutrition/breastfeeding/en/
About Oswego Health: Oswego Health’s mission is to provide accessible, quality care and improve the health of residents of Oswego County. As a non-profit health care system established in 1881, Oswego Health is proud to continue to be one of the largest employers in Oswego County. Over 1,200 employees across its 17 sites work for the Oswego Health System, which includes 164-bed Oswego Community Hospital, Oswego Hospital, a 28-bed acute psychiatric facility. with several outpatient behavioral health services, The Mansion in Seneca Hill, a 120-bed specialty nursing facility, and Springside in Seneca Hill, an independent retirement community. The healthcare system also operates Oswego Health Home Care, the only certified home care agency based at a county hospital, as well as two outpatient centers, including Fulton Medical Center, offering emergency care, a laboratory, medical imaging, physiotherapy and occupational medicine. services; and the Central Square Medical Center, which provides emergency care, laboratory, medical imaging and physiotherapy services. In addition, Oswego Health includes the captive professional company Oswego Health, Physician Care PC, which provides medical services in orthopedics, cardiology, ENT, urology, gastroenterology, breast care, audiology, general surgery, bariatrics and primary care. For more information about Oswego Health, please visit our website www.oswegohealth.org.