Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness Month

MARYVILLE, MO (Aug. 26, 2020) – Mallary O’Riley volunteered her time and expertise to photograph more than 15 breastfeeding women in a project she called “Latched with Love.” She wanted to capture the joy, beauty and pride that many women find along their breastfeeding journeys.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, celebrating and advocating with women across the world. The World Health Organization’s campaign for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) offers breastfeeding as part of their sustainable development goals. Examples of their goals include ensuring inclusive and equitable education, promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all and reducing inequality among countries.

“We here at Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville strive to provide all our patients education and resources to maximize their success in their breastfeeding relationship,” said Caitlyn Korthanke, lactation consultant at Mosaic. “We believe a successful breastfeeding relationship should be inclusive of all backgrounds, races, social or marital status, religions or national origin.”

The hospital’s obstetrics department is working toward achieving Baby Friendly status. This designation means that the maternity unit has successfully implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which includes providing appropriate education to enable families to make informed decisions about infant feeding, encouraging mothers to hold their babies skin-to-­skin immediately following birth and offering expert lactation support throughout and beyond the hospital stay.