Breastfeeding has a public health benefit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Breastfeeding? Why are you interested in that?” These are the things I heard from my family when I was explaining to them my internship for the spring semester. I have always had an interest in maternal- and child health, and when I saw this internship with Schenectady County Public Health Services working on the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities (CBFC) grant, I jumped at the opportunity.Interning with a local county health department has given me a different perspective on breastfeeding and public health in general. Working with my mentors on the CBFC grant has allowed me the opportunity to see all the benefits breastfeeding can provide mothers and babies in our community.The CBFC grant has multiple goals, but outreach in our communities is what has impressed me the most. The grant enables us to provide multiple baby cafés throughout the Capital Region for mothers and their partners to receive breastfeeding support or just provide a listening ear as they navigate parenthood. There have been multiple moms of various racial, ethnic, educational and social backgrounds who attend. Observing them sharing their stories of motherhood is heartwarming and has broken down barriers.In recognition of IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Day on March 7, I believe the need for trained lactation professionals to provide breastfeeding support to all families in our communities is essential. Continued support is necessary to ensure all families have access to lactation support within their community. Seeing how effective this grant has been thus far makes me excited to see how this will change the landscape of infant feeding in the future.Martha LitardoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Goals decisive as Kiladangan crowned U21A champions

first_imgThe North Tipp side powered through the first half, outscoring the Mid champions by 8 points – it was Kiladangan: 1-11(14) Holycross Ballycahill: 0-6(6) at half time.A strong breeze favoured Holycross/Ballycahill in the second half but heading into it that far adrift left them with too much ground to make up.Kiladangan finished 6 points clear – 2-17 to 17 points. Kiladangan have been crowned County U21A hurling champions for the first time in the club’s history.Two goals – one from Tom O’ Meara, and one from Bryan McLoughney in either half – proved decisive as they defeated Holycross/Ballycahill 2-17 to 17 points.Kiladangan’s first goal came in the first play of the game – leaving Holycross with an early mountain to climb. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more

Egypt may reinstate ban on fans after Super Cup clashes

first_imgEgypt’s interior ministry will review its decision to lift the ban on fans attending matches following clashes at Thursday’s Super Cup between Al Ahly and CS Sfaxien in Cairo.Trouble flared shortly after Ahly’s 3-2 victory when some of the club’s fans attacked security forces, leaving 25 police personnel injured.”After the end of the match, section of the fans chanted anti-police slogans before hurling water bottles, seats and fireworks at the forces who were securing the game,” the interior ministry said in a statement.”On their way out, the fans have also torched a police vehicle and two civilian cars … 10 officers and 15 conscripts were injured as a result. The security forces managed to contain the situation and arrested a number of rioters.”About 30,000 Ahly supporters had flocked to Cairo Stadium to cheer on their side in a carnival atmosphere that turned sour at the end.Egyptian authorities have recently lifted a crowd ban in African competitions but kept it intact in the domestic league, where all matches are being played behind closed doors. The interior ministry said it may put on hold any plans to allow the fans back to the stands following Thursday’s troubles.”The ministry is currently reviewing its decision to lift the crowd ban,” the statement added.There is bad feeling between Ahly’s hardcore fans, called Ultras, and the interior ministry. The fan group has accused the ministry of complicity in Egypt’s worst football disaster, which left more than 70 Ahly supporters dead in Port Said in February 2012.Intermittent clashes have since occurred between the Ultras and the security forces.last_img read more