The smallest patients in the community will once again have the in-person support of the Sierra View Medical Center Breastfeeding Resource Center available to them.
As Sierra View continues to recover from the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital can once again offer in-person breastfeeding classes each month.
Offered in English and Spanish, these classes will help new moms and parents-to-be learn all about the importance of breastfeeding. Safety precautions related to COVID-19 continue to be observed and course participants must wear a mask for the duration of the training.
Breastfeeding in the first hour after birth and throughout the first six months of a baby’s life will have a positive impact on his development. The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, recommend that children be exclusively breastfed for their first six months. If possible, during these first six months, babies should consume only breast milk.
Sierra View partners with First 5 Tulare County to bring valuable resources to community members. Sierra View is the only designated baby-friendly hospital in Tulare County.
The Baby-Friendly USA designation signifies that Sierra View has refined and adheres to the standards and criteria for implementing breastfeeding in the maternal and child health space and is committed to raising awareness of its importance. The Sierra View Breastfeeding Resource Center provides free resources to help parents prepare and thrive during the critical first months of their baby’s growth and development.
Community members interested in attending upcoming breastfeeding classes can view the schedule online by visiting www.sierra-view.com/events and can learn more about breastfeeding by visiting www.sierra-view.com/breastfeeding. Community members are also encouraged to like and follow the hospital’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sierraviewmedical, for the latest health information posted by the Sierra View Local Healthcare District.
Breastfeeding classes will take place on Thursday June 23, Thursday June 28, Thursday August 25, Thursday September 22, Thursday October 27, Tuesday November 22 and Thursday December 22.
Spanish lessons will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and English lessons will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Community members can contact Sierra View Lactation Services Secretary Lorina Renteria at [email protected] or 559-784-1110.