NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – Breastfeeding mothers provide more than milk to their babies. Breast milk will make accommodations to meet the nutritional needs of the baby. If the baby is sick, breast milk will increase antibodies and protect the child.
Four years ago, nurses at Great Plains Health noticed his lactation count was below the state average, so they set up a program to address it. The lactation program offers new mothers the support of a consultant to help them breastfeed. Since the implementation of the GPH lactation program, the stats are now above the state average at 76% versus 58% years ago.
“We’re trying to improve patient services here,” said Serena Findley, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “When you look at Great Plains Health, we want to be the entity. We meet with teams across Nebraska to improve the health of our community and the nation.
Studies show that breastfed children are the least likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Infants aren’t the only ones who benefit from breastfeeding.
“We place a lot of emphasis on breastfeeding and getting milk to babies, but what we don’t realize is the benefit to the mother,” Findley said. “It reduces his risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and obesity.”
On Tuesday mornings, GPH hosts a 10-11 a.m. lactation circle on the second floor. Mothers can share their challenges and solutions while receiving support from lactation experts.
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