Breastfeeding Makes a Difference for Kids, Too
May 26, 2016 by Melissa Bayer, Limerick Inc Communications Specialist
Today is Red Nose Day – a fun and powerful event to raise money for children. Limerick Inc, the nation’s leading workplace lactation program and manufacturer of patented technology breastpumps, thought it would be a great opportunity to raise awareness for breastfeeding.
“Breastmilk has so many benefits and can actually reduce the risk factor for chronic illness’ in children, such as Diabetes, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's disease, and childhood cancers. It is actively immunizing your little infant every time you breastfeed!” says Joan Ortiz, one of the founders of Limerick. “ We hope to help mothers realize the amazing benefits of breastfeeding so they can make an informed choice when deciding on the nutrition for their baby.”
Some of those benefits fit in perfectly with what Red Nose Day stands to make a difference for. With millions of children suffering from poverty, malnutrition, and lack of medicine, breastfeeding is a no cost solution. Unlike formula, breast milk offers the perfect amount of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and antibodies that offer immediate protection from infections and illnesses. Breast milk also lowers a baby’s risk for obesity, diabetes, lower and upper respiratory tract diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, childhood leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome.
Studies have also shown that breast milk enhances brain development and improves cognitive development, which could be why adults who were breastfed as babies tend to have a higher IQ.
A recent article on Health Day also suggested that “…if nearly all women worldwide breastfed their infants and young children, there would be about 800,000 fewer children's deaths…” The article also stated that “…poorer thinking skills among children who aren’t breastfed cost the global economy about $302 billion in 2012” and that, in the United States alone, increasing breastfeeding to 90 percent “…could save (the) healthcare system about $2.5 billion…”.
Currently, 79 percent of American women initiate breastfeeding but less than 19 percent exclusively breastfeed at 6 months. This is believed to be due to the high marketing of formula and lack of support, education, and barriers towards breastfeeding.
Joan replies, “Recently there has been a lot of work to promote and support breastfeeding. We are hopeful and excited for more barriers to be removed so breastfeeding can be the cultural norm in the near future!”
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IPARENTING MEDIA AWARD 2007
Awarded to Limerick PJ’s Comfort® hospital-grade breast pump, for internationally recognized standards of quality assurance.
FIT PREGNANCY BUYERS GUIDE 2007
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IN THE MARKET FOR A BREAST PUMP?
September 21, 2007
By Amy Spangler MN, RN, IBCLC
In the market for a breast pump? Well according to my search engine, you won’t have difficulty finding one, with 1,900,000 websites to guide your selection - everything from what to consider before you buy, to why, when, where, and what to buy.
Buying a breast pump is like buying a computer (some pumps actually have a microchip inside!) They come in all shapes and sizes and offer a wide range of features. Usually, the greater the number of features, the higher the cost. The most expensive pumps are those described as medical- or hospital-grade or multi-user, since they can be safely used by more than one mother.
It’s important to remember that the best pump is a baby. But when babies aren’t available or are sick, the next best pump is the one that allows a mother to remove milk effectively, efficiently, economically, and equally important - comfortably. The pump of choice will vary from mom to mom, which is why there are nearly 2 million websites offering a wide range of products - apparently one size does not fit all - literally or figuratively.
One of the most common reasons mothers give for stopping breastfeeding sooner than they had intended is the need to return to work or school. A review of the Working Mother 2006 100 Best Companies finds that 7 percent of the companies offer no paid maternity leave and only 8 percent offer more than 12 weeks, despite the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months.
I was fortunate in that I was able to stay home when my children were young. On those occasions when I was unable to breastfeed, I expressed my milk by hand or used a small, inexpensive battery-operated pump - admittedly, one that is no longer on the market (my age is showing!) So when I was recently introduced to a breast pump described as, “The only 1.5 pound hospital-grade pump that goes from hospital - to home - to work - PJ’s comfort breast pump,” I was intrigued.
It is produced by Limerick, Inc., a family-owned and operated business established in 1992 by Patricia Kelly and Joan Ortiz (mother and daughter). I must admit I am partial to family-owned and operated businesses. As the founder of Amy’s Babies and baby gooroo, I have the pleasure of working with my sister, who is in charge of sales, my brother, who manages production and distribution, and my son, who coordinates design and marketing. If you’re wondering what I do, it’s a mystery!
As for the mother-daughter operation of Limerick, Inc., Patricia is a registered dietitian and Joan is a registered nurse. Through Limerick they assist businesses and corporations in establishing workplace lactation support programs. Limerick has been in operation since 1992, but PJ’s comfort breast pump wasn’t developed until 1997. Its engineering and design was based on feedback from hundreds of working mothers.
Upon seeing the pump for the first time, two features caught my eye - the fact that it was lightweight and the Sof-touch silicone cups - apparently in some instances, one size does fit all. Added features include a built-in timer, 12 volt car adapter, 3 year warranty, and my personal favorite (aside from the light weight and the silicone cups) it has only TWO parts to clean and assemble.
I am no longer breastfeeding (I used to think that at my age it would take a miracle) so I wasn’t able to test the pump. But the movement of the silicone flange against my skin was surprisingly comfortable and the mothers I spoke with who had used the pump were delighted with the results.
I am not suggesting that you surf 1,900,000 websites or that you buy a particular pump based on a single recommendation. While you’re doing your homework, be aware that there are lots of pumps on the market, ranging from bad to good and everything in between. Once you determine your needs, you can better narrow your choices. But if you decide to purchase a multi-user pump, PJ’s comfort breast pump deserves your consideration.
FAMILY ENTERPRISE WANTS TO EXPAND TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Los Angeles Times, Business Section, August 2007
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BREASTFEEDING CLINIC AT NORTH YORK HOSPITAL
August 21, 2005 - BURBANK NOON ROTARY CLUB, NORTH YORK ROTARY CLUB, LIMERICK & JACK NEWMAN, MD
The Burbank Noon Rotary Club partnered with North York Rotary club and Limerick Inc., in participating in a Rotary International project. Joan Ortiz Burbank Noon Rotarian and Vice President of Limerick Inc., coordinated the international project designed to assist low-income mothers and immigrant mothers who have a desire to breast feed their infant and are separated from their baby due to illness or work and are unable to afford a quality pump. The donation of 40 PJ’s Comfort breast pumps went to Jack Newman’s Breastfeeding Clinic at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The Mothers were very grateful for the high quality breast pump and happy that they were able to continue to provide breast milk to their infants even in the difficult situation of having a premature baby or going back to work. North York Rotary Club donated $1,000 for the purchase of a baby scale that is used in the clinic.