Healthy Northland awarded six mini-grants to make breastfeeding easier for employees. Six businesses made improvements by adding or updating lactation rooms, a designated space for women to pump and express milk privately during work. Many of the sites also implemented new breastfeeding policies to support mothers and expanded support and education for employees around breastfeeding. The awardees are: Aitkin County... Continue Reading
The application deadline for the grant has passed. The benefits of breastfeeding are extensive. Breastfed babies received added immunity from many illnesses, such as asthma, ear infections, and diabetes. Mothers that breastfeed have lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and breast and ovarian cancer. But, did you know that breastfeeding benefits workplaces, too? Becoming a breastfeeding supportive business delivers a... Continue Reading
Three worksites, two hospitals and one city were recognized on Dec. 14 for their contributions to building more breastfeeding-friendly communities. The Healthy Northland Breastfeeding Friendly Awards were given out at the Northeast Minnesota Breastfeeding Summit on Dec. 14 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Healthy Northland recognized worksites Essentia Health – Deer River, Essentia Health –Virginia Medical Arts Clinic and Lake County... Continue Reading
Low numbers are good when discussing the rate of infants receiving formula after delivery. According to MDH, in 2015 just 15 percent of NE Minnesota WIC infants were fed formula in the hospital, showing the success of breastfeeding advocacy in the region. Other areas in the state ranged from 33 to 56 percent. Babies who are fed only breast milk... Continue Reading
Physicians and health care providers have the opportunity to learn about breastfeeding and earn CMEs and CEUs on May 25 in Duluth. The day begins with Breastfeeding Managment in Primary Care, a workshop for physicians from 7 to 8:30 a.m. This breakfast session provides lactation training for physicians and includes case-based presentations and a physician panel discussion about breastfeeding management... Continue Reading
Essentia – St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth has become the first Baby Friendly hospital in Northeastern Minnesota! Read more about the success and other updates from Healthy Northland’s breastfeeding work here.
Check out the Summer 2016 edition of Breastfeeding: Simply the Best, a newsletter compiled by Pam Galle, Healthy Northland Breastfeeding Consultant. To receive the quarterly newsletter by email, contact yoditg (at) communityhealthboard.org.
Northeastern Minnesota is a leader in the state – and nation – when it comes to breastfeeding. The seven counties in northeastern Minnesota – Koochiching, Itasca, Aitkin, Cook, Lake, St. Louis and Carlton – came out significantly on top in a preliminary report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Babies who are fed only breast milk during their hospital stay... Continue Reading
Check out the Spring 2016 edition of Breastfeeding: Simply the Best, a newsletter compiled by Pam Galle, Healthy Northland Breastfeeding Consultant. To receive the quarterly newsletter by email, contact yoditg (at) communityhealthboard.org.