Breastfeeding support services available for moms
Choosing to breastfeed your baby isn’t always an easy decision, and some new mothers run into obstacles that make it difficult to continue. At Columbus Community Hospital, we’re here to support every mom who wants to breastfeed her baby. Getting the right support at the right time can make all the difference.
“The mission of Columbus Community Hospital is to improve the health of the community we serve and breastfeeding promotion is a great way to uphold this mission,” said Kim Eisenmann, director of CCH’s maternal child health department. “This impacts not only our patients and families, but also our community’s health and well-being.”
Need help with breastfeeding?
Whether you’re nursing your first baby or you run into new challenges when breastfeeding your second or third child, help is available.
CCH has lactation counselors on its staff. They are available to provide one-on-one care and instruction to new mothers to promote a successful breastfeeding experience.
“During the postpartum period with a new baby, so many changes happen to every aspect of life for mothers,” said Micala Dempcy, registered nurse and lactation counselor at CCH. “It is important for moms to have support to help ease that transition and help them prepare for how to face any challenges that may arise.”
CCH’s lactation counselors use evidence-based practices to support and educate families. They are a great source of encouragement and information, as they empower parents to make their own decisions.
“Lactation support can help moms in so many ways,” Dempcy said. “We can educate them about what to expect in the first days and weeks of breastfeeding. We also offer support and knowledge to help with challenges or special needs while breastfeeding.”
Lactation counselors can offer information on:
- Comfort positions to help babies latch
- Breast pain or infections
- Whether babies are getting enough milk
- Pumping and storing milk safely
- Skin to skin contact after delivery
- Nursing multiples or babies with special needs
- Breastfeeding mothers returning to work
CCH also offers a free breastfeeding class on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Benefits of breastfeeding
“Breastfeeding is important because it has so many benefits to both the baby and the mother,” Dempcy said. “Breastfeeding helps to meet nutritional needs of the baby, but also helps contribute to physical and emotional development.”
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding offers some protection against a variety of diseases and conditions in infants such as:
- respiratory tract infection
- necrotizing enterocolitis
- otitis media
- urinary tract infection
- late-onset sepsis in preterm infants
- type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- lymphoma, leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease
- childhood overweight and obesity
There are also health benefits for mothers who breastfeed such as:
- decreased postpartum bleeding and more rapid uterine involution
- decreased menstrual blood loss and increased child spacing (lactational amenorrhea)
- earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight
- decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers
“Breastfeeding provides so many health benefits for mothers and babies, not only immediately, but also long-term,” Eisenmann added.
For more information on lactation support or to schedule an appointment with a lactation counselor, contact CCH’s maternal child health department at 402-562-3266.