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We aim to improve the health of communities through providing a breastfeeding support system.
Supporting the breastfeeding and motherhood needs of mothers.
Supporting the breastfeeding needs of infants.
Assessing and addressing what is needed in the community to provide breastfeeding support for mothers and infants, from safe public spaces to breastfeed, public awareness of the importance of encouraging mothers to breastfeed, public awareness of state and federal laws that support and encourage a woman's right to breastfeed.
Mahinaona Pediatrics, with it's location near the base of Diamond Head, references the significance that Diamond Head played in signaling a changing of the seasons, which was important to the sustainability and health of Hawaiians.
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Lisa Kahikina MD, Physician Owner
Lokelani Rodrigues, Medical Assistant
Sean McNamara, Office Manager
Breastfeeding improves the health of women: reduces the risk of reproductive cancers, such as breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers. It improves gestational diabetes, encourages healthy weight loss postpartum, and may even improve bone density once breastfeeding is discontinued. Improved infant-bonding because of the need to respond appropriately to feeding cues in order to successfully breastfeed improves mother's calmness and increases feelings of love through increased levels of oxytocin driven by the nursing process.
Breastfeeding improves infant health: provides the healthy bacteria needed that may reduce the risk of obesity and inflammatory-related diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, eczema, and diabetes. It reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It supports healthy brain development. The regular closeness an infant has with its mother due to the breastfeeding process provides a sense of security, reducing anxiety in infants, further allowing stability in the development of the brain.
And the benefits breastfeeding provides to mothers and infants, infants who then grow up to be producers and contributors to our society and our world, means that by supporting breastfeeding, we are truly supporting a future-oriented health movement. And that's the kind of business we want to be in.