HackensackUMC Mountainside To Host Big Latch On, August 1st

July 22, 2015 03:57 PM

HackensackUMC Mountainside invites all nursing and expectant mothers for “The Big Latch On,” celebrating the benefits of breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week. The event, to be held from 9:45 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 1st at HackensackUMC Mountainside in the Bayberry, 1 Bay Avenue, Montclair, is free to all nursing moms, soon-to-be parents, partners/spouses, family, friends and supporters of breastfeeding . Refreshments and free parking will be provided.  Advanced registration before July 31st  is required by calling (973) 429-6964 or e-mailing megan.voytus@mountainsidehosp.com.

The HackensackUMC Mountainside maternity staff includes two nurses, Laurie Barbalinardo and Tish Buggeln, who have completed a comprehensive training program and certifying examination for lactation consultants and been awarded certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). 

The hospital’s nursery staff is trained in a breastfeeding protocol that includes showing mothers how to maintain lactation and pump breast milk when separated from their infants. In addition to bringing newborns to their mothers promptly for breastfeeding, mother and child are allowed to remain together or “room in” the same hospital room around the clock whenever possible.

For infants who require special care in HackensackUMC Mountainside’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to premature birth, low birth weight and other complications, the hospital’s IBLCE-certified nurses work with their mothers to facilitate breastfeeding. Upon discharge, the certified lactation consultants follow-up with all first-time mothers by phone to smooth the transition from hospital to home. Pump rentals and referrals to local breastfeeding support groups are also provided.

Breastfeeding and infant care resources open to all families
Breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers, as well as other helpful courses designed to prepare parents care for infants and adjust to changing family dynamics, are held at HackensackUMC Mountainside throughout the year. The classes are open to all area residents. Additional information and convenient online registration is available at the hospital’s website, www.mountainsidehosp.com.

Specialized neonatal care, convenient community access
About 10% of all newborns require specialized neonatal care. HackensackUMC Mountainside has experienced board-certified neonatologists with impressive credentials available around the clock, seven days a week to attend to infants with special needs. A neonatologist is present at every cesarean birth as a precaution. The hospital’s Level II Neonatal ICU, which is also staffed by specially trained nurses, treats infants for an array of respiratory complications, infections and other conditions that are present at birth or arise in the first month of life. The HackensackUMC Mountainside Neonatal ICU is a convenient resource for local families with newborns who require hospitalization.

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit www.mountainsidehosp.com

 

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