The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. Not only do babies receive all the vitamins and nutrients they need for the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect babies from illness. However, even though breastfeeding may be “natural” that doesn’t mean it comes so naturally. On March 27, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is beginning a free, weekly breastfeeding support group to provide mother-to-mother encouragement to breastfeeding moms. The mothers and babies will meet from 12 to 1:30pm each Wednesday in Steinfort B at ALMH.
“Breastfeeding moms can be faced with challenges. Whether they are concerned about the baby getting enough to eat or learning how to juggle breastfeeding and going back to work, we couldn’t be more pleased to provide a support system to breastfeeding moms,” said Elizabeth Meyrick, RN, Manager of the Obstetrical Unit.
“We have lactation consultants available at ALMH and we are also available by phone once the new mothers and babies return home. However, peer support is very important to developing a positive breastfeeding experience,” said Meyrick.
The meetings will be led by Renea Coberly, RN, and Certified Lactation Consultant, who works in the Obstetrics Unit at ALMH. At each meeting, the babies will be weighed to track their growth and the group will be able to ask questions and discuss their current issues. There is no registration required and walk-ins are welcome. For more information about the group, individuals can call (217) 732-2161 ext. 55231.
ALMH’s Family Maternity Suites is a state-of-the-art obstetrical center that features three spacious and private labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms with private restrooms and showers. Each mom and baby receives individualized care. To learn more about the Family Maternity Suites or the other healthcare services offered at ALMH, visit www.almh.org.