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, breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding has so many health benefits for the baby and mother, we do much to support it.
We 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 breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding during your stay with us and after you go home. Plus, she leads Baby, Breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding mothers and women who are pregnant and want to learn more about breastfeeding.
For more information on any of our breastfeeding support offerings, call 573.302.2999.