Bringing a new baby into the world comes with many questions. What name will you choose? How will you decorate the nursery? Which car seat is the safest?
How will you feed your new baby?
Early in your pregnancy, you’ll probably begin thinking about it. If you settle on breast-feeding, you’re in good company. Millions of women the world over choose breast milk, knowing its ideal mix of nutrients and antibodies will help their newborn thrive.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with solid food until at least 12 months of age.
Breast-feeding has other benefits as well. Hormones released during nursing help strengthen mother-baby bonding, aid in recovery from childbirth and guard against postpartum depression. With no formula to buy, breast-feeding saves money, too!
Beaufort Memorial recognizes the health benefits of breast-feeding. That’s why we have a highly experienced lactation consultant who helps new moms in our Birthing Center successfully nurse their babies.
Pamela Ehret, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, visits patients following delivery to coach them through their first feedings, answer questions and help with any issues that may arise during their hospital stay. Prior to joining BMH, Pam had been a physician trainer with the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2008, responsible for providing breast-feeding education to pediatricians and pediatric residents in Georgia.
Once they’re home, nursing mothers can call her 24/7 on a “warm line” at (843) 441-4586. “We don’t call it a ‘hot line’ because it doesn’t need to be an emergency to call,” Pam said. “No question is too small.”
While breast-feeding comes naturally, it can take a little practice. Join us on the third Wednesday of every month for our Baby University Breast-Feeding Class to learn more about how your body works with your growing baby and take the guesswork out of this important choice.