Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) physicians took part in an Aug. 6 Hartford Hospital event aimed at helping raise awareness of breastfeeding's value and importance.

The public event, which attracted families, included several speakers, among them HOCC physicians Dr. Andrea Joyner, director of Outpatient Women's Health Clinics; and obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Rachel LaMonica. Both spoke about maternal benefits of breastfeeding.

Among the benefits, says, Joyner, are decreased postpartum hemorrhage, heart disease and diabetes; and decreased risk of depression, breast and ovarian cancers. Other benefits include increased post-partum weight loss and better mother-infant bonding.

Speakers also included Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman who also proclaimed August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. HOCC joined other Hartford HealthCare entities at Hartford Hospital in having informational tables about their services and breastfeeding.

HOCC recently received recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility by Baby Friendly USA, Inc. This distinction acknowledges hospitals that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. HOCC was previously recognized for excellence in lactation care, receiving the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Care Award.

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