Resource education is an important part of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week August 1-7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 1, 2012) – You’ve made the decision to breastfeed, a healthy choice for you and your newborn. Now what?
“We find that many women recognize the health benefits of breastfeeding and are open to the idea of breastfeeding, but the thought of successfully breastfeeding can be intimidating and even scary for new mothers,” said Susan Campbell, M.D., neonatologist at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital in Nashville, Tenn. “Our goal is to provide resources within TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital to help coach and encourage mothers through the process.”
All Women’s & Children’s hospital nurses have received training in breastfeeding support. They can help a new mother initiate breastfeeding immediately after delivery and throughout the family’s stay.
“Women welcome and are appreciative of having a nurse with them as they first learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding,” said Campbell. “Even after they go home from the hospital, women can call our breastfeeding helpline with any questions or concerns.”
To make the overall experience more comfortable and successful for mother and baby, the hospital also has a special area called ‘A Mother’s Place.’ Moms to be and new moms can take advantage of breastfeeding classes, nursing bra fittings, and breast pump sales and rentals.
“We feel our goal is not only to educate women on the health benefits of breastfeeding, but help set the conditions for a rewarding breastfeeding experience,” Campbell explained. “Women should ask about breastfeeding resources available from their physician, hospital staff, and even in the community.”
TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital has a strong reputation and history of advocating breastfeeding. The hospital was one of four Nashville area facilities honored by the city of Nashville’s ‘Give Me Five’ campaign in 2012 for improving breastfeeding statistics in Tennessee. Women’s & Children’s was the only Nashville hospital to receive the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association IBCLC Care Award in 2011.
To learn more about lactation services and women’s and children’s resources at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.
Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.