August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Millions of new mothers choose to breast-feed, and with good reason. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing asthma, allergies, ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Started by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this campaign aims to promote breast-feeding for the first six months of your newborn’s life.
Breast-feeding comes naturally, but it’s normal for mothers-to-be to have questions about how they’ll feed their new little one when the time comes.
Here is a list of resources at Beaufort Memorial for the mother-to-be in your life who wants to give her newborn the healthiest possible start.
How will you feed your baby? Beginning your breast-feeding experience well and learning how your body works with your growing baby and what to expect in the first weeks and months will take much of the guess-work and anxiety out of this important choice. Classes are offered the third Wednesday of each month and our next class will take place on Wednesday, September 21. Details.
Hug Your Baby
This class helps parents discover how to read their newborn’s body language to promote effective breast-feeding, sleeping, comforting and attachment. This information is most valuable during the first weeks with their new baby. You are invited to attend this class before your baby is born or soon after—and you can bring baby to class! Classes are offered the fourth Wednesday of each month and our next class will be offered Wednesday, August 24. Details.
Beaufort Memorial provides a board-certified lactation consultant and a team of lactation-educated nurses to coach and assist you as needed during breast-feeding. Once you’re home, they remain available to answer questions via the 24/7 warm line at 843-441-4586.
Car Seat Safety
When you and your baby are ready for the trip home, Beaufort Memorial staff will escort you to your car. Be sure to have your new car seat installed so you can get your special delivery home safe and sound. For additional car seat safety resources in the Lowcountry, click here.