BLOG : Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

Today is the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week and Mountainside Medical Center celebrates from August 1 - 7
“Breast milk is the optimal nutrition for newborns and research has demonstrated that properly designed and implemented breastfeeding programs in hospitals leads to improved infant health. Because of this, we are committed to supporting breastfeeding,” states Jennifer Waters, RN, MSN, NE-BC, director of Women’s Services at Mountainside Medical Center.  Along with participating in this annual international initiative, Mountainside is committed to promoting breastfeeding throughout the year. Newborns are brought to their mothers promptly for breastfeeding in our maternity department and mother and child are allowed to share the same room around the clock whenever possible.  Upon discharge, our certified lactation consultants follow up with breastfeeding mothers to smooth their transition home.  We also offer breastfeeding courses and a weekly support group.” 
Laurie Barbalinardo and Tish Buggeln, specially trained staff nurses who have been awarded certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), provide helpful information and encouragement to moms by teaching breastfeeding basics and assisting in designing a breastfeeding plan that meets specific goals. They also work to develop a personalized pumping schedule and provide techniques to maximize milk production.
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