Breastfeeding seminars

Opening of a breastfeeding wellness center at the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center at Monmouth Medical Center

Tara Ann Murphy, lactation consultant for MMC’s new Breastfeeding Wellness Center, is pictured with, from left, Jonathan Teitelbaum, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Robert Graebe, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

Long Branch, New Jersey, September 21, 2022– Monmouth Medical Center’s Outpatient Breastfeeding Wellness Centre, which provides pre and postpartum breastfeeding support on an outpatient basis, is the newest program to open at the wellness center and of family care Anne Vogel.

This program is designed to help and support families in achieving their breastfeeding goals through breastfeeding counseling and breastfeeding support and education programs.

Conveniently located at the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center at Monmouth Shopping Center in Eatontown, the center offers consultations with International Board of Registered Nurses (IBCLC) certified lactation consultants to help mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges. Additionally, the center offers private prenatal consultations and information on how to order a breast pump through outpatient insurance.

The center also offers free weekly in-person and virtual support groups that promote breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support in a warm and welcoming environment. The support group is led by a registered nurse, certified lactation consultant. All breastfeeding topics and issues are included in group discussions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, then continuing for two or more years starting with solid foods. The more breastmilk a baby receives, the more he will be protected against short- and long-term illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“One of the best things we can do to get started for our children is to provide them with the best nutrition available through breast milk,” says Tara Ann Murphy, Tara Murphy MSN, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant for the Center for breastfeeding well-being. “Not only is your baby fed a milk customized for him, but he passes on the benefits of the mother’s immune factors as long as the baby receives breast milk. Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding experiences of motherhood and the healthiest way to feed a child for the first year of life.

Monmouth Medical Center’s extensive comprehensive breastfeeding program includes prenatal support with breastfeeding education before delivery, in-hospital lactation support, and continued lactation services after discharge. It is designed to provide women with information on the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the skills needed to successfully breastfeed their babies.

The program’s lactation counselors address a host of breastfeeding issues through one-on-one prenatal visits and group breastfeeding information sessions, including positioning or attachment assistance, weighted feedings to determine milk transfer, feeding strategies to promote successful lactation, establishing good milk supply and managing nipple pain. Sessions are also for infants with poor or slow weight gain, producing too much or too little milk, breastfeeding premature and/or multiple infants, learning to express milk, transitioning to labour, treatment of engorgement, clogged ducts, thrush or mastitis, and re-establishment of milk supply. An oral assessment to identify a possible language connection is also provided.

“Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby and is free,” Murphy adds. “The goal of our breastfeeding program is to help ensure moms get off to a good start. The goal is to empower families to achieve their dietary goals.

The Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center opened this spring, with subspecialty pediatric practices in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and infectious diseases, as well as general surgery, urology and oto -rhino-laryngology (ENT), and women’s services, including maternal/fetal medicine. The building also houses MMC’s Center for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and offers urgent care services and a lab blood collection station. The 82,000 square foot medical and wellness facility includes wellness education and resources through the LiveWell Center and WEforum Demonstration Kitchen with Nutrition Education Programs Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi .

Children’s Specialty Hospital (CSH), another RWJBarnabas health facility, occupies the second floor of the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center, offering medical and therapeutic services including audiology, pediatrics developmental and behavioral, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, and speech therapy. This is CSH’s first location in Monmouth County and will serve to improve access to their specialist services for local patients and families.

To register or make an appointment or to learn more about the Breastfeeding Wellness Center, call 862-781-3873. To learn more about the programs and services offered at the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center, visit

About Monmouth Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility (RWJBH), along with Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the premier hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures, as well as bariatric, joint and spinal surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies each year than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean Counties combined and the fourth largest in the state. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and nationally recognized, award-winning RWJBarnabas Cardiac Centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has awarded Magnet® recognition to Monmouth Medical Center, one of 509 US healthcare organizations out of more than 6,300 US hospitals to have achieved Magnet recognition. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, a national independent, non-profit organization, and has been named Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital for the third time. MMC is one of 414 out of more than 6,000 hospital hospitals in the United States on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals and one of 148 US hospitals on the Money digital platform’s inaugural list of the best hospitals in America. Additionally, it is one of 34 U.S. hospitals honored by the Emergency Nurses Association with the 2022-2025 Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Care and, for the seventh consecutive year, was honored by Healthgrades with the awards for excellence in obstetrics and gynecology and in labor and delivery. . RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with New Jersey’s Rutgers Cancer Institute – the state’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center – are bringing together a team of world-class researchers and specialists to fight the alongside patients, providing near-home access to the latest treatments and clinical trials.

Catherine Horan
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