From Hospital to Home, Winthrop Provides New Moms with Tools for Breastfeeding Success

Vol. 12, No. 3
December, 2002

  • A Vision Moves One Step Closer to Reality - Ground Breaks on Winthrop's New Heart Surgery Center and Pediatric Inpatient Center

  • Winthrop Ranked Among Best in New York State for Bypass Surgery

  • New, Dedicated Pediatric Emergency Unit Opens at Winthrop - Provides Specialized Care for Children's Unique Needs

  • Pediatric Asthma Parents Support Group - Try talking with others about AsthmaĆ’

  • Club W Reinvents the 1940's in All It's Glory at Winthrop's Annual Gala

  • Winthrop's Rheumatoid Arthritis Center Offers Treatment, Relief From Chronic Pain of Joint Disease

  • Winthrop Pediatric Opthalmologist Performs New, Successful Surgery on Patient with Rare Eye Disorder

  • From Hospital to Home, Winthrop Provides New Moms with Tools for Breastfeeding Success

  • Winthrop Named New York State Regional Perinatal Center - One of Only 18 Centers in all of New York State to Receive Prestigious Designation

  • Winthrop Receives Department Of Education Statewide Award For Employment Of People With Disabilities

  • Winthrop's New Website - Goes Live!

  • 'Celebrate America Fun-Fest- Benefits Winthrop's Cancer Center For Kids - Governor George Pataki, Senator Michael Balboni, Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Hughes, Make Special Guest Appearances

  • Golfers Tee Off to Benefit Withrop's Institute for Heart Care at 17th Annual Golf Tournament

  • Assemblywoman Maureen O-Connell 'Reaches Out and Reads' to Local Children at Winthrop Pediatrics

  • Judging a Book by its Cover - All 3,000 of Them

  • Winthrop's Cancer Program Approved by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

  • Vascular Laboratory at Winthrop Achieves ICAVL Reaccredidation

  • 'Tis the Season for Giving

  • Senator Michael A.L. Balboni Sponsors $200,000 Bioterrorism Grant for Winthrop

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  • Parenthood is an exciting time. The elation over the birth of a child is felt throughout the family. It is also a time of anxiety for new parents, especially new mothers who decide to breastfeed their infants. To help new moms achieve the most success with breastfeeding, Winthrop's breastfeeding committee was created to help educate and encourage new mothers when beginning their journey into parenthood.

    New moms are given a breastfeeding education packet and are seen by one of Winthrop's four lactation consultants, who provide the information and the hands-on help women need when first trying to breastfeed. Lactation consultants also involve the family in the breastfeeding experience, especially new dads who can help support the women when they leave the hospital.

    "We usually initiate breastfeeding in the delivery room," said Peggy Murphy, RN-C, MS, Nurse Manager on the maternity unit. "About 97 percent of our babies are fed right after delivery. That is the time when the baby is most alert and ready to feed. It also helps mom relax after the stress of labor."

    Winthrop takes a "family-centered" approach to the breastfeeding experience. Shelley Bolnick, RN, MS, IBCLC, a lactation consultant at Winthrop, teaches families that successful breastfeeding is not just about the mother and the baby. "It's the education of the entire family," she said. "We give information to anyone who is going to be with the new mother, whether it be the father, the baby's grandmother, a sister or friend. The more support a mother has, the better off she will be once she gets home."

    After the mother and newborn are discharged from the Hospital, a lactation consultant follows-up with a phone call to make sure they are on the right track. Mothers can also get in touch with a consultant if any problems or questions arise.
    Denise Reilly, RN, lactation consultant, helps a new mom get adjusted to breastfeeding her newborn on the maternity unit.
    So, what about dad? Donna Sheridan, RN, IBCLC, another lactation consultant at Winthrop explained, "The support of the father makes breastfeeding all the more successful for the mother and child. The bonding experience always includes the father."

    The committee recommends that women be armed with information on feeding choices during pregnancy so that they are not overwhelmed with making such decisions after the birth of their child. The group also recommends asking obstetricians questions about breastfeeding during prenatal visits.

    Support for New Parents
    Winthrop's breastfeeding committee holds prenatal and post-partum support groups and classes, offering great opportunities to learn about feeding options.

    Prenatal breastfeeding classes offer parents-to-be valuable education geared toward the first two weeks after birth. The class addresses such issues as mother-infant bonding, positioning for breastfeeding, feeding problems and pumping. The class meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Winthrop.

    The post-partum breastfeeding support group is a forum for new mothers to talk about the transition from pregnancy to motherhood, as well as discuss any problems or questions they have on breastfeeding.

    "This class gives women the chance to learn about 'trade secrets' from other mothers and gives women a network of other new moms who are going through similar situations," explained Lisa Kennedy, RN, BSN, IBCLC, and an outside lactation consultant who works closely with Winthrop's breastfeeding committee. The post-partum class meets the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at Winthrop.

    While the breastfeeding committee was created to encourage and increase the number of new mothers who breastfeed, Ms. Murphy continued, "Whether or not to breastfeed is an individual decision and we support anything the new parents want to do." She added, "Our group gives anyone who wants to breastfeed the right tools to be successful."

    For more information on breastfeeding or any of Winthrop's breastfeeding classes and support groups, call 877-559-KIDS.

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