Archbold Now Offering Lactation Services
According to the National Institutes of Health, breastfeeding carries many health benefits for infants. Among the known benefits are nutritionally balanced meals and added protection against many common childhood infections. In addition, breastfed babies are also at a lower risk for developing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Some research also suggests that breastfed babies may be less likely to develop certain allergies, asthma, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Though the health benefits for babies are apparent, making the decision to breastfeed can be daunting for new mothers. But with education, support and knowing what to expect, new moms can be confident they made the right decision to breastfeed their baby.
Archbold’s Maternity Center is committed to supporting new mothers on their breastfeeding journey. The hospital recently launched a new lactation services program that offers breastfeeding education for new mothers when they are a patient in the hospital, and also provides support and assistance for the patients once they return home with their newborn.
The new program is led by maternity center nurse Jessica White, RN, MSN, who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Along with other specially trained nurses, White is available to help provide bedside consultations and teach breastfeeding skills to new mothers in the hospital.
“This new program will provide the support that new mothers need,” said White. “We help develop feeding plans, provide support and advice for mothers facing breastfeeding challenges, and we also offer education on what new mothers can expect during the first weeks with their new baby.”
Through the new program, White evaluates the mother and infant, determines milk intake, and helps with strategies to correct problems and promote breastfeeding success. She also helps with many of the struggles associated with breastfeeding such as milk supply concerns, slow infant weight gain, preparing to return to work, and with any other feeding issues. In addition, one-on-one appointments can be scheduled for mothers that need additional support once they return home.
As part of the lactation services program, Archbold added the following classes to the hospital’s list of childbirth education classes that are currently offered on a monthly basis:
- Breastfeeding Basics Class—the basics of breastfeeding, including the benefits of breastfeeding, milk composition, getting started breastfeeding, and how to know your baby is getting enough milk
- Pumping and Returning to Work Class—preparing the mom to continue the breastfeeding relationship as she goes back to work or school. Topics covered include using a breast pump, milk storage, and increasing milk supply
- Breastfeeding Support Group—a chance to meet with other breastfeeding mothers to share experiences and ask questions. The Lactation Coordinator will be available during the support group to answer questions.
For more information on lactation services at Archbold, call the lactation coordinator, 229.584.7340.
The Archbold Maternity Center recently launched a new lactation services program that offers breastfeeding education for new mothers in the hospital as well as provides support and assistance once they return home with their newborn. The new program is led by maternity center nurse Jessica White, RN, MSN, who is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).