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Breast-feeding Support

Breast milk is the best food for babies. It gives them exactly what they need to grow healthy and strong, and it helps protect them from many illnesses. Plus, breast-feeding has important benefits for the mother, including helping her recover from pregnancy and possibly lowering her risk for diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Because breast-feeding has so many health benefits for the baby and mother, we do much to support it.

Missouri Show-Me 5  HospitalWe are proud to be designated a "Show Me 5" Hospital by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This means we have adopted five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breast-feeding initiation and duration:

  • Help mothers initiate breast-feeding within the first hour of birth
  • Practice "rooming in," allowing infants to stay in the same room as their mothers
  • Limit breast-feeding infants to breast milk (and no other liquids), unless medically indicated
  • Do not give pacifiers or artificial nipples to breast-feeding infants
  • Foster the establishment of breast-feeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge

Our licensed lactation consultant, Annie Havner, R.N., BSN, IBCLC, is available to help you with breast-feeding during your stay with us and after you go home. Plus, she leads Baby, Breast-feeding and Beyond. This class for expectant parents covers breast-feeding, as well as newborn characteristics, diapering, bathing, car seat safety and much more.

Our lactation consultant also leads Take Five: Amazing MOMS (Mother's Own Milk Support), a support group for breast-feeding mothers and women who are pregnant and want to learn more about breast-feeding.

For more information on any of our breast-feeding support offerings, call 573.302.2999.

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Family Birth Center
Lake Regional Hospital
54 Hospital Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573.348.8244
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