The importance of breastfeeding support
Most new mothers are aware of how beneficial breast milk is for their newborn. While this way of feeding your baby may seem like the most natural concept in the world, learning about breastfeeding can often feel overwhelming to new moms. From knowing what foods to avoid and how to make feeding easier for both mom and baby, breastfeeding support is an invaluable resource to help new moms feel comfortable in providing nourishment for their babies.
As a new mom, you may feel as if you are expected to automatically know what to do when it comes to your baby's care. Breastfeeding support groups provide a safe environment where new moms can ask questions without judgment and learn from other moms who may be facing similar situations. The ability to share your experiences with others in a supportive environment offers multiple benefits to mothers, including improved mental health, increased confidence, improved parenting skills, and a healthier family diet. Mothers who attend breastfeeding support groups also tend to breastfeed longer.
At Shawnee Mission Medical Center, our breastfeeding support group meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Life Dynamics Building. Meetings are open to all moms or expectant moms, regardless of where you deliver your baby.
We also offer the assistance of Certified Lactation Consultants, who can answer any questions and help you learn about breastfeeding before you take your baby home. Our Breastfeeding Warm Line is open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., seven days a week for you to call if you need help after you get home.
Don't worry if you feel like you have a lot to learn when it comes to breastfeeding your new baby. Every new mom has been where you are now, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center is here to help in any way possible. Call 913-632-4330 today to speak to one of our Lactation Consultants.