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Breastfeeding Support Helping New Moms
Many mothers give up on breastfeeding before they want to for various reasons, many of which can be resolved with good care and support.
Lindsay Braathen became concerned her milk supply wasn't coming in. Her son, Caleb had spent nearly four days in the NICU and it was her nurses and doctor who introduced her to the St. Joseph Medical Center Breastfeeding Support Group.
"Once I figured it out, I thought I was good." says Braathen who continues to attend after more than three months. "I was really surprised with the group. I like to know his weight each week, and a lactation nurse and other moms help you tweak things. It's a valuable resource."
The World Health Organization recommends infants be exclusively breastfed until six months of age. There is extensive evidence on the short and long-term health consequences of not breastfeeding for both infants and their mothers.
The free Breastfeeding Support Group is open to moms delivering at The Birthing Center at St. Joseph Medical Center. For more information, call 816-943-2027.