By Ana Maria Ramirez / Staff Writer
Students listened closely as Rachael Katz, who is pursuing her license as a lactation consultant, gave a presentation on breastfeeding Thursday, March 20 in D237. She conducts many breastfeeding groups and is an advocate of the method.
A slideshow presentation was shown with advice and techniques interpreted with humor. Katz gave educational information on what to expect when breastfeeding and how often a baby needs to be fed, which is every 2 to 4 hours. Katz said, “My goal is to educate young women who don’t have children about breastfeeding. I breastfed all three of my children and breastfeeding is the one choice you will never regret. Not do only mothers burn calories when breastfeeding but it also helps prevent breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies and asthma. A mom with HIV decreases the chances of the baby getting the disease by breastfeeding.”
Instructor Jennifer Musick is an advocate for breastfeeding. She said she breastfed her twins for one year. Musick said, “It was a very positive experience. I feel that it’s very important to include a unit on breastfeeding in my Women’s Health Issues course, as many people are not aware of the numerous health benefits for both the infant and the mother.
“In addition, there are many myths and misconceptions about breastfeeding, so it’s important to debunk these myths and provide students with accurate information so that they can make informed decisions in the future.”
Mothers who don’t breastfeed may use baby formula as a substitute.
Alana Carvin, 19, a kinesiology major, said, “Feeding your baby formula in a bottle is not natural. Breastfeeding is natural. I thought the speech today was very beneficial and I see myself breastfeeding my baby in the future.”
First-time mommy Naomi Gonzalez, 19, a social work major, said, “At first I was not going to breastfeed as I had people telling me not to, that it was a waste of my time. I learned so much today about breastfeeding that after today’s presentation, I’m 100 percent convinced to breastfeed my baby.”
Some students heard about breastfeeding for the first time.
Norrell Thompson, 31, an anthropology major, said, “I’m an advocate on home birthing and staying at home with your baby to bonding. This was my first time learning about breastfeeding and has definitely encouraged me to do it when I have a baby.”