August is National Breastfeeding Month, and Lake Regional celebrates and supports breastfeeding mothers.
“We love to see mothers gain confidence and succeed in breastfeeding,” said Alexis Gideon, R.N., a nurse navigator for Lake Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology. “A good start in breastfeeding is critical to long-term success. We educate and support women during their pregnancy, while they are in the hospital and after they are discharged.”
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Babies reap many health benefits from breastfeeding. They are less likely to develop asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, severe lower respiratory disease, ear infections, gastrointestinal infections and sudden infant death syndrome.
Breastfeeding also has health benefits for mothers. Breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for babies for the first 6 months and continuing to breastfeed as long as mutually desired by mother and child. The AAP states the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the benefits will be for her and her baby.
Another important benefit of breastfeeding for many families is the cost savings.
“Breastfeeding saves families a significant amount of money,” Gideon said. “And in this time of scary formula shortages, there’s also peace of mind in breastfeeding.”
What Can Mothers Expect?
Lake Regional supports families in taking important steps for a good start. At Lake Regional Family Birth Center:
- Mothers are encouraged to begin breastfeeding within the first hour of birth.
- Families are encouraged to practice “rooming-in,” allowing infants to stay in the room with their mothers.
- Breastfeeding infants receive only breast milk (and no other liquids), unless medically indicated.
- Breastfeeding infants do not receive pacifiers or artificial nipples.
- Mothers receive information on how to connect with the lactation consultant and other breastfeeding mothers for support.
“We’re also here to answer questions and to ease concerns,” Gideon said. “Many mothers worry that they are doing something wrong, even when everything is right. We can help assure them and give them tips to make breastfeeding easier.”
Lake Regional Family Birth Center provides personalized birth experiences for expectant mothers, their newborns and their families. Mothers deliver in beautiful private suites equipped for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care, so families can settle in and make themselves at home. Before the big day, Family Birth Center staff help women complete a personalized birth plan with details ranging from room lighting to pain management. A Level II Nursery at Lake Regional provides care to babies who might need extra support, keeping them close to their families. Learn more at lakeregional.com/FBC.