The Latest About Breastfeeding: Education and Support
Empower parents, enable breastfeeding is the theme of the World Alliance for Breast Feeding Action’s (WABA) annual celebration, and that’s what Memorial Healthcare System’s Family Birthplaces are committed to doing through education and breastfeeding support.
“We know how chaotic and stressful it can be for parents the first few days of their new baby’s life, and our goal is to make the transition into parenthood easier, said Pamela Hendrix, BAM RNIV, RLC, lactation consultant at Memorial Hospital West, one of three Family Birthplaces at Memorial Healthcare System. “We strive to be inclusive and supportive of all parents and their partners, and help new moms achieve their breastfeeding goals.”
While August is National Breastfeeding Month, breastfeeding support is offered all year long at all Memorial Healthcare System Family Birthplaces! Memorial’s team of board-certified lactation consultants have extensive knowledge and experience in counseling families about breastfeeding in all three stages: prenatal, after birth and even once the parents leave the hospital.
“Breastfeeding can be one of the most fulfilling experiences a mother could have, and with that there may be some challenges for some mothers. A board certified lactation consultant can help,” said Hendrix, who is an international board certified lactation consultant.
Memorial Healthcare System has three Family Birthplaces, with each located at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Miramar. Breastfeeding classes and a host of other educational classes to help in preparation for parenthood are offered at each Family Birthplace. In the spirit of sharing, Memorial lactation consultants are offering 10 tips to help mothers through the beginning stages of breastfeeding.
10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
About Family Birthplace Support
The Family Birthplace offers breastfeeding classes for parents at all three locations throughout South Florida. Once the baby is delivered, parents have access to lactation consultants during their hospital stay. New mothers can learn how to breastfeed successfully with in-hospital support and once they have been discharged there are breastfeeding support groups located at all three Memorial Healthcare System Family Birthplace locations.
There is even more breastfeeding support on the horizon! Memorial West Hospital is piloting a program utilizing the telehealth technology. Lactation consultants will soon be able to triage patients via video chat and help them overcome any breastfeeding obstacles that may not require an in-person visit. What a gift to new moms!
For more information about Memorial Healthcare System’s Family Birthplace click here.