Hillel Yaffe Medical Center usually celebrates Breastfeeding Week with a breastfeeding event to pamper new mothers, inviting women and their babies from the entire region. This year, in light of the coronavirus and its accompanying restrictions, it was decided that Breastfeeding Week will be marked differently. All the women hospitalized before and after birth received a package to pamper them, which included a box of high-quality dried fruit, a bodysuit for the baby with the slogan “I was born at Hillel Yaffe”, an explanatory leaflet about breastfeeding and initial infant care, and more.
The packages were distributed to the women in the High-Risk Pregnancy Unit, Delivery Room, Maternity Ward, and the Neonatal Care Department. The Clinical Supervisor in the Maternity Division, Ms. Orly Basis, noted: “This year Breastfeeding Week is dedicated to resilience. This is the place to remind everyone that breastfeeding is extremely important to infant health and strengthening the baby’s immune system, particularly with the cloud of coronavirus (COVID-19) still hovering over us. For the new mothers too, breastfeeding helps contract the uterus and lose weight, and even reduces the chances of contracting breast or ovarian cancer, heart disease, and more.”
The Maternity Ward staff on their way to distribute the packages in the ward