New mothers need support to succeed at breastfeeding

New mothers need support to succeed at breastfeeding

New mothers should know it’s OK to ask for help from others.

This year, World Breastfeeding Awareness Week focused on the support a woman needs to succeed at breastfeeding or pumping breast milk.

We all want our children to have the best start in life. We know through research and experience that breast milk is the very best nutrition for newborns. So, a new mother may feel bad if she doesn’t immediately succeed with breastfeeding. But most women who breastfeed struggle and need help from someone.

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Breastfeeding support team receives award

I have some great news to share. The breastfeeding support team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been given breastfeeding care award! This means we are being recognized for all the work that our team does for the moms and babies at Children’s Hospital.

Our team helps mothers who want to provide breast milk to their babies. It’s important to provide the best nutrition to all babies, especially when they are sick. Sometimes mothers find it difficult to breastfeed. So, the support my team provides is critical. Click here for more information about how breastfeeding benefits both mother and child.

All four breastfeeding experts on our team are board-certified lactation consultants and registered nurses. Together, we have decades of experience and knowledge about infant care and breastfeeding, and we use the latest research to provide the best care to families.

The award is given out by the International Board of Lactation Examiners and the International Lactation Consultants Association. To qualify, a breastfeeding support program must offer educational programs about breastfeeding and breast milk pumping and support breastfeeding with a qualified team of lactation specialists.

I have been a nurse for almost 28 years and a board-certified lactation consultant for nearly 12 years, and this award means a lot to me. It means we are offering high-quality care to mothers and their babies. It makes me proud to be doing the work that I do while working for such a great hospital.

~ Linda McNamara, BS, RN, IBCLC, RLC, lactation consultant

Breast milk is best for baby

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in any woman’s life. So many fun, new changes happen when we have a baby. There are so many decisions to make, especially about what to feed this new little wonder. Most people have heard that breast milk is best, but often they don’t know why.  Being a nurse and a lactation consultant, I have learned so much about breast milk and why it’s so fantastic. I have a few insights that may help you in making your decision about whether to breastfeed. …Click here to continue reading