Sometimes new moms need help as they begin breastfeeding their babies or when problems arise during breastfeeding. To address these issues, Silver Cross is offering a new Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic on the hospital’s New Lenox campus. This new clinic is sponsored by the Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center.
“More and more families are choosing Silver Cross for the birth of their first, second or even third child,” says Marilyn Paolella, R.N., Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “And although patients are giving us high marks for the care we provide, we are always looking at how we can improve the birthing experience. We feel by offering an Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, we are able to help women find success in breastfeeding even after they go home with their newborns.”
The Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic provides support for moms, while helping them to reach their breastfeeding goals. “Many times, women quit breastfeeding because of difficulties they endure, whether it is insufficient milk supply, painful breastfeeding, or poor weight gain in the infant,” said Margaret Dombrowski, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Silver Cross Hospital. “The clinic empowers women with lactation education and improves the health status of mothers and babies through nutrition management during their breastfeeding experience.”
How Does the Clinic Work?
The Clinic is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have advanced training in breastfeeding management. All lactation consultants are experienced in counseling, teaching, and problem solving with latching or other breastfeeding issues. During the appointment, which is 45 minutes to an hour, specially trained lactation consultants observe and assess a feeding. Patients come to the breastfeeding clinics only to solve issues with breastfeeding. All other medical and developmental issues with the child are referred back to the child’s pediatrician. The Breastfeeding Clinic is available two days a week by appointment. Patients must contact their obstetrician or pediatrician for a referral.
“More and more studies have shown that with continued postnatal support, like what is given to new moms at our Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, contributes to increased breastfeeding duration,” said Margaret. “Breast milk has antibodies to disease, is always warm, and releases hormones into the mother’s blood stream that calms her while she is nursing. Breastfeeding is so beneficial in fostering good health in babies.”
New Mom Shares Her Experience
For new mom Nicole Belke having access to the Silver Cross Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic gave her a lot of relief. “The Clinic has been a fantastic resource for my husband, Brian, and I,” said the Minooka resident. “As first time parents, we were concerned when our newborn son, Kevin, wouldn’t feed and continued to cry for over four hours. It was so comforting to talk with Margaret. Her reassuring voice and helpful suggestions enabled our newborn son to get fed and all of us get a much needed good night’s rest.”