International Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, aims to raise awareness of the challenges breastfeeding mothers face. More than 3 million mothers in the United States try to breastfeed every year, but 2 out of 3 are unsuccessful.
Kettering Health continues to support breastfeeding mothers through its diverse team of expert healthcare providers.
“Our team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) across the system is phenomenal,” shares Michelle Beebe, Childbirth Education and Perinatal Outreach Manager.
Expanding its resources, Kettering Health has partnered with the Nest Collaborative, which offers telehealth appointments and assessments with their IBCLC team.
Kettering Health is the first health system in Ohio to partner with the Nest Collaborative.
What partnership means for breastfeeding mothers
“Kettering Health’s collaboration with the Nest Collaborative is a wonderful complement and support to our strong lactation program,” says Michelle.
Through this partnership, prenatal and postpartum mothers have access to breastfeeding counselors through online video appointments.
“Nest Collaborative’s experienced and diverse lactation consultants will provide additional options for our families,” Michelle shares, “filling in gaps that our outpatient clinic may not be able to accommodate.”
This means mothers have access to truly comprehensive breastfeeding care. In addition to the Nest partnership, Kettering Health continues to offer extensive resources for breastfeeding mothers, including prenatal classes delivered at their birthing campuses – Soin Medical Center, Kettering Health Washington Township, Main Campus and Hamilton; expert postpartum support through the First Steps program; weekly support groups for moms; and the Washington Township Breastfeeding Center of Excellence.
Helping families have a successful trip
Health problems related to breastfeeding difficulties – and the lack of services to overcome these difficulties – cost nearly $18 billion in health costs. Infant mortality, cancer and heart disease are all reduced by successful breastfeeding during the first six months of a baby’s life. Michelle and her team at IBCLC want local mothers to know that they don’t have to face the challenges of breastfeeding alone.
“We want our families to be successful and supported with access to specialized care when they need it,” says Michelle. “I am thrilled with how this collaboration will further break down barriers to support our families on their breastfeeding journeys.”
Mothers can refer themselves to the Nest Collaborative for a telehealth assessment, which is covered by most insurance plans. In-person assessments and assessments can be scheduled by calling First Steps at (937) 401-6811.
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