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LACTATION SERVICES

The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) offers full lactation services through its Family Birthing Center (FBC)

Although many of the FBC employees are trained in and can assist with lactation services, FBC nurses Cherri Wilson, R.N., I.B. C.L.C., and Connie Powell, R.N., I.M.C.L.C., are certified from the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants.

The American Pediatric Association recommends that one year of breastfeeding is best for the newborn, but the goal is to help moms achieve any amount of breastfeeding. For breastfed newborns, the first few days after childbirth are important in order for the infant to receive colostrum, the thick breast milk rich in minerals and antibodies.

Some mothers may find breastfeeding to be difficult or nearly impossible due to various reasons, and that is where a certified lactation consultant can assist. “If I can get them to breastfeed for at least two weeks so that the newborn gets the colostrum, then I feel I have achieved my goal.” Wilson notes that the decision about whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is always left up to the mother. “Our staff members simply give moms the facts about the benefits of breastfeeding and offer to help them with their questions and concerns,” noted Wilson.

According to Wilson, the “best case scenario” for moms who breastfeed is no smoking, no alcohol, and no drugs of any kind unless prescribed by a physician.

The International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants is the only official, international credential for those offering breastfeeding and lactation care. According to the IBCLC, a mother who breastfeeds can save $1,400 a year on formula, is more likely to bond closely with her child, passes on immunities to her child through colostrums, and recovers more quickly from the weight normally gained during pregnancy. Also, her likelihood of contracting premenopausal breast cancer or osteoporosis over her lifetime is reduced. Studies have also shown that breastfed babies have fewer visits to health care providers through age 17.

For additional information or to set up an appointment for lactation services, phone (419) 483-4040 in Bellevue; (419) 547-0074 in Clyde; or (419) 639-2065 in Fremont, Old Fort, Green Springs, or Republic. Dial or ask for Extension 4295.

 
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