February 10, 2012
Wesley Medical Center will be expanding its birth care services to new moms and babies this week with the opening of its outpatient lactation clinic - Wesleycare Breastfeeding Clinic. Lactation services and support have been offered at Wesley for many years, but with an increased focus to help more moms continue breastfeeding after they leave the hospital, Wesley saw the need to develop an outpatient clinic.
Research shows that 60% of new mothers do not breastfeed as long as they intend to due to a variety of problems, many of which develop soon after mother and baby go home from the hospital. At the daily walk-in clinic, Wesley lactation consultants will be available to provide weight checks for babies and assist with any breastfeeding challenges or questions that arise. Our goal is for mothers to feel encouraged and confident to breastfeed for as long as they want to continue, stated Kathy Walker, WesleyCare Breastfeeding Clinic Lactation Manager.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, breast-fed babies have less risk of childhood obesity, diabetes, respiratory and ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfeeding also helps the health of the mother, lowering the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Optimal breastfeeding practices provide the most powerful preventive tool that we have in pediatrics - the effects of immune protection against infections, obesity prevention, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and overall healthy development last long after the breastfeeding period has ended, shared pediatrician Dr. Nancy Powers.
Wesley fully supports breastfeeding and offers an environment to help promote it by encouraging mothers to room-in with their babies, providing individual assistance from lactation consultants and follow up phone calls to moms once they return home to see how they are doing. The new walk-in clinic will provide an additional service for families to turn to for help once they are home.
The WesleyCare Breastfeeding Clinic is open Monday - Friday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The Clinic is located at Health Strategies, 551 N. Hillside, 5th floor, suite 130. The clinic is free for any woman who delivers at Wesley Medical Center. There is a one-time $50 fee for any woman that has delivered elsewhere.
For more information about the WesleyCare Breastfeeding Clinic, please call 316-962-MILK.