August 4, 2011
SRMC's Lactation Services Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week
SRMC Nurses Help Mothers and Babies Experience the Benefits of Breastfeeding
From August 1 – 7, 2011, the Women’s Services nurses at Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) recognized Worldwide Breastfeeding Week as part of the hospital’s commitment to teaching new mothers the benefits and basics of breastfeeding.
The annual observance of World Breastfeeding Week aims to raise awareness about breastfeeding and educate the public about the benefits of breastfeeding by sharing information, including:
New mother Leslie Maidlow, of Bethpage, was eager to work with SRMC’s lactation consultant Christina Perez, RN, IBCLC, to begin a positive breastfeeding experience with her newborn daughter, Scarlett, following her birth at the hospital on August 2. Scarlett is Maidlow’s third child, and all three were breastfed.
“I chose breastfeeding because of the weight loss benefits and how it helps your body to heal more quickly,” said Maidlow. “It also saves money, and the babies seem to like it.”
Expectant parents interested in learning more about breastfeeding can contact SRMC’s lactation consultants or attend one of SRMC’s prenatal breastfeeding classes that are offered each month at the hospital. Services provided by the hospital include breastfeeding classes, prenatal consultations with expectant mothers, one-on-one consultations with new mothers during their postpartum stay at SRMC and follow-up consultations once new moms have left the hospital.
They also assist patients with physician referrals, infant weight checks, feeding assessments and breast pump rentals and purchases.
“The Women’s Services nurses at Sumner Regional Medical Center are committed to helping breastfeeding mothers learn the basics of breastfeeding,” said Perez. “We provide prenatal classes, assist moms during that important first feed in the delivery room, give ongoing support throughout the patient’s stay in the hospital, and even provide follow-up care through our lactation phone line and outpatient visits. We support our new moms every step of the way.”
For more information about SRMC’s Sumner Breastfeeding Services program or to register for a free breastfeeding class, call (615) 328-4123 or visit SRMC’s Web site at www.MySumnerMedical.com.
About Sumner Regional Medical Center
Sumner Regional Medical Center, a progressive, 155-bed acute care facility in Gallatin, Tenn., is the flagship hospital of HighPoint Health System. The hospital offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, women's and rehabilitative services and has been serving the communities of Sumner County and beyond for more than 50 years. To learn more, visit www.MySumnerMedical.com.
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