The host of the weekly radio show Doc Talk on Cities 92.9 FM in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler enjoys sharing his knowledge on health matters with the community. The director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Facility, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP).
The AAFP advocates for the continued encouragement of mothers to breastfeed their children. This is because many mothers do not breastfeed their newborn babies as required.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges mothers to breastfeed their babies for a minimum of two years. The AAFP recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months, before combining breastfeeding with artificial foods for a full year.
Data from the Center for Disease Control in 2011 revealed that 79% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, 49.9% breastfed, and only 18.8% exclusively breastfed six months into childbirth. Only 26.7% breastfed one year after childbirth.
According to AAFP, not breastfeeding has been linked to acute otitis media, atopic dermatitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and respiratory infections. According to WHO, not breastfeeding increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and leukemia.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.