MHP offers Lactation Consultation
Every mother wants what is best for her child. One of the best choices a mother can make for the nutritional well-being of her baby is to breastfeed.
Studies have shown that breastfed babies have stronger immune systems, fewer colds and less ear infections. At the Mahaska Health Partnership Birthing Center, nurses strive to educate new moms so they can make the best informed decision for themselves and their child. Jodi Chipman, RNC-OB and Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Casey Klodt, RN and Certified Lactation Consultant, meet with every mother who plans to breastfeed to discuss the process.
“Not every person chooses to breastfeed and that is alright,” Chipman said. “However, I try to make sure mothers have accurate information and all the support they may need, in order to choose the best option for their family.”
Chipman stressed the benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mother. “Breastmilk has exactly what the baby needs and offers a boost for later in life,” Chipman stressed.
According to the authors of “The Breastfeeding Book”, most breastfed babies have fewer allergies, fewer childhood cancers and are less likely to become obese later in life. In addition to the benefits for baby, moms will appreciate loosing their pregnancy weight faster, the simplicity of their milk always being ready and a possible lowered risk of developing certain cancers.
“Breastfeeding is an enormous gift a mother can give her child,” Chipman said. “The milk is easier for the baby to digest and the supply will adjust to meet the baby’s needs as they grow.”
Chipman and Klodt are available to consult regarding breastfeeding information and techniques while a mother is in the hospital or after she goes home. If a mother desires a lactation consultation, lactation consultants are available during mom’s hospital stay and one home visit is available upon request, generally within 48 hours of discharge. Chipman said, “It’s a great way to be supportive of the mother and help her feel more at ease. We are happy to provide this valuable education for as long as moms want to receive it.”
For more information about breastfeeding or to schedule a lactation consultation, please call the MHP Birthing Center at 641-672-3170.