Perry County Memorial Hospital | Health Scene | Spring 2018

What do almost all of our patients recall about their experiences at our hospital— whether they were here for a routine screening test, a complex surgery or even the birth of a baby? Three words: our exceptional staff. Skilled. Every one of them is a highly skilled professional trained to carefully assess a pa- tient’s health and immediately notice and respond to the most subtle changes in that person’s condition. Educated. Many of our staff are registered nurses with four years of college preparation. Our Certified Breastfeeding Specialist has undergone spe- cialized training to provide you with the best assistance. She is available to all breastfeeding moms 24 hours a day. Compassionate. Still, what really distinguishes our staff is their compassion. Our staff truly cares about every patient they encounter. They are a patient’s best advocates. When you’re a patient at our hospital, every member of your health care team is aware of your unique needs. In short, our staff will consider your lifestyle, family situation and state of mind when you trust us with your health. They will care for you as a whole person—as someone with both physical and emotional concerns. Here’s why our staff is special Breastfeeding: Best for baby and you You might say breast milk does double duty. It helps your baby get the best possible start in life. And it benefits you as well. Why it’s good for your baby. It’s not a stretch to call breast milk the perfect first food. It’s easier than formula to digest, especially for premature babies. It’s always available—there’s no prep time. And it has all the nutrients and calories your baby needs to be healthy. Perhaps most important, it’s packed with substances, including disease-fighting antibodies, that help protect your baby’s health. Compared to formula-fed babies, babies who are nursed are less likely to have: ●   ● Infections, including ear infections, viral infections and meningitis. ●   ● Diarrhea. ●   ● Pneumonia. Breastfeeding may also protect against sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, obesity and some cancers. Why it’s good for you. Studies show that breastfeeding helps reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and both ovarian and breast cancer. Plus, it helps keep your bones strong and lowers your risk of broken bones as you age. In addition, it: ●   ● Burns calories, which may help you lose leftover pregnancy pounds. ●   ● Delays the return of your men- strual period to help keep iron in your body. ●   ● Helps your womb return to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly. Generally the longer you nurse, the greater the benefits to both you and your baby. Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; U.S. Office on Women’s Health PCHMO.ORG 3