Nursing & Expectant Mothers Invited To Record-Breaking “Big Latch-On” at HackensackUMC Mountainside

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – (July 26, 2016)—HackensackUMC Mountainside will host “The Big Latch-On,” a World Breastfeeding Week event with the goal of setting a new record for most women simultaneously breastfeeding around the globe, from 9 45 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 6,  in the hospital’s Bayberry Café,  Ground Floor,  One Bay Avenue, Montclair.  All nursing mothers and expectant mothers are welcome to attend, along with their partners/spouses, family, friends and supporters. Refreshments and parking will be provided.  Advance registration is required by calling (973) 429-6964 or e-mailing

Begun in 2005, The Big Latch-On is a worldwide event that takes place every year at select, registered locations where women gather to breastfeed, as well as share and receive support. At HackensackUMC Mountainside, Laurie Barbalinardo and Tish Buggeln, specially trained staff nurses who have been awarded certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), will be on hand to provide helpful information and encouragement.

“Along with participating in this annual international initiative, HackensackUMC 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,” said LaShawn Jemison, MSN, MBA, RN Director of Women’s Services, HackensackUMC Mountainside.   “Our nursery staff is trained in a protocol that involves showing mothers how to maintain lactation and pump breast milk when separated from their infants. Upon discharge, our certified lactation consultants follow up with first-time mothers to smooth their transition home.  We also offer breastfeeding courses, pump rentals and referrals to local support groups.”




OB/GYN Hospitalists and Neonatologists 24/7

A strong breastfeeding program is just one component of the hospital’s comprehensive approach to caring for birthing mothers, newborns and their families, Jemisonsaid.  “We’re proud to offer OB/GYN Hospitalists, board-certified staff physicians who are on duty 24/7 to assist birthing mothers, their newborns and designated OB/GYNs, in accordance with an emerging best practice endorsed by key committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  We also have board-certified neonatology specialists who assist with every cesarean and potentially complicated birth.” Other HackensackUMC resources include:

Level II Neonatal Intensive Care 

The hospital’s Level II Neonatal ICU (NICU), 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 initial months of life.  Admittance is not restricted to infants born at the hospital and the NICU is a convenient resource for local families with newborns who require hospitalization.

Classes to Help Prepare for a Newborn

Courses designed to help parents, grandparents and siblings care for infants and prepare for changing family dynamics are open to all area residents.  To register for a course or learn more information about the Maternity Department, visit


About HackensackUMC Mountainside

HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack Meridian 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



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