Littauer celebrates 2012 World Breastfeeding week

Littauer celebrates 2012 World Breastfeeding week

The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding

Another happy mom who received breastfeeding support from Littauer.

At Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center, breastfeeding is not only an important part of the birthing experience; it is also a cause for celebration. In honor of 2012 World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2012 the hospital is celebrating “Understanding the Past—Planning the Future: Celebrating 10 years of WHO/UNICEF’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.” Hospital Spokeswoman Cheryl McGrattan states, “Throughout the hospital, and our Primary and Specialty Care Centers, there will be activities promoting families who choose to breastfeed.” Nancy Quinlan, an International Board Certificated Lactation Consultant at Littauer explains, “We want everyone to know there is support for every family who decides to breastfeed.” Nancy believes the road to lifelong health is not one for mothers and babies to travel alone. “Successful breastfeeding begins with support of families, health care providers, governments, employers and communities,” said Nancy Quinlan. She concluded, “That is why we are publicly celebrating the importance of breastfeeding this week.”

According to the Birthing Center at Nathan Littauer, Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) like Nancy can help navigate the way to successful breastfeeding and ultimately to sustained health. The hospital is planning a week long celebration starting Wednesday August 1st with an information table at the hospital all week, a raffle and an evening celebration called, “Sweet Celebration of Breastfeeding 2012”. Any community member who is interested in breastfeeding for themselves or for someone close to them is encouraged to come. Mothers, children and parents who decided to breastfeed are welcome to come as well. The event will be held at the hospital on August 6, 2012 at 99 East State Street from 6-8pm. For more information about that event or World Breastfeeding Week or IBCLCs, please call 773-5710.

Nancy Quinlin, IBCLC and RN helps families who choose to breastfeed.

Nancy Quinlin, IBCLC and RN helps families who choose to breastfeed.

According to the International Lactation Consultant Association: Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are also more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases and conditions including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and respiratory illnesses. In addition, mothers who do not breastfeed are at an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Keeping breastfeeding high on the public health agenda is critical to improving global health. Early and exclusive breastfeeding with the introduction of appropriate complementary feeding around six months of age ensures that both mothers and infants receive maximum health benefits. The Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, jointly developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), serves as a roadmap toward a renewed commitment to exclusive breastfeeding beginning in the first hour of birth to achieve optimal health outcomes. The Global Strategy is celebrating 10 years of guiding infant feeding in 2012.

Wellness Words July 2012

HealthLink Littauer’s


Submitted by Carol Tomlinson RN BS

Community Health Educator



More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. The good news is that skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

The sun sends out ultraviolet rays (UV-A and UV-B) which we cannot see. Long-term, unprotected exposure to the UV rays causes up to 90 percent of all skin cancer. Sunburned or tanned skin is actually damaged skin, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Before you head outside, take these few simple steps to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays:

  • Schedule outside activities for early mornings or late afternoon. If possible, avoid the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
  • If you must be out during these hours, stay in the shade as much as possible or use an umbrella or tent for artificial shade.
  • Cover-up when in the sun. Wear wide-brimmed hats that shade the face, scalp, neck and ears. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes that are rated to block UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Use sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, and reapply at least every 2 hours or more if you are in the water or sweating.
  • Use sunscreen stick or lip-balm on sensitive areas such as lips, ears, nose, hands and feet.
  • Don’t use tanning booths or beds. Their UV rays are up to 12X greater than the sun.

According to the Skin Cancer Institute, clothing is your single most effective form of UV protection. However, not all materials protect the same. For example, cotton, linen and silks do not filter out all UV rays. Synthetic and semi-synthetic materials provide the greatest sun protection.

Many manufacturers are now providing clothes that are made to protect from UV rays. Look for the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) label. The number on the tag indicates what fraction of UV rays can penetrate the fabric. You can increase your clothes UPF by using an additive such as Rit Sun Guard in your wash. It will protect your clothing for up to 20 washes inexpensively.

Boy Scouts of America clothing, hats and sunglasses now hold the UPF seal. So be prepared and be in good company. With just a few moments of prevention, you can safely enjoy the outdoor summer weather with friends and family.

For more information on skin cancer prevention, attend a free program on “Sun Sense” on Wednesday, July 25 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Auditorium of Nathan Littauer Hospital, or contact your health care provider, the National Cancer Institute 1-800-4-CANCER (, or call HealthLink Littauer at 736-1120. You can e-mail us at, see our website at, or visit our wellness center at 213 Harrison Street Ext. in Johnstown, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. We’re your community health & wellness service of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home.

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