A mother's decision on how to feed her baby is hers alone and a decision we will fully respect and support. As health care experts, however, we know the inherent benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies and helps to protect them from illness and disease. Breastfeeding is good for moms as well. Since breastfeeding burns calories, it can help her lose the baby weight more quickly than if she was not breastfeeding. Studies have also shown that women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Babies were born to be breastfed, but sometimes moms have questions or concerns. To help with these questions, we've developed a comprehensive program available at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant is here to give guidance and support to mothers who choose to breastfeed.
Wilson Memorial Hospital offers Breastfeeding Classes and a Mother's Milk & More Support Group for mothers who plan to breastfed and for those who are considering this option. Both of these groups are facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Our Lactation Consultant offers a free consultation to every breastfeeding mother at Wilson’s Family Birth Center, following a few days at home with her new child. The consultation includes a baby weight check and breastfeeding observation (the latch, the attachment and positioning). The Lactation Consultant will answer any questions and/or concerns the mother may have and show her how to fix any problems she may be experiencing with breastfeeding. Wilson’s Lactation Consultant also does phone follow-up as needed.
After a successful open house on August 3rd, the Sweet Beginnings Lactation Boutique is up and running! Wilson Memorial has extended our lactation services by offering a place where breastfeeding mothers can seek advice, and follow-up and receive assistance from certified lactation consultants. All are welcome to visit the boutique and utilize the services offered. Breastfeeding supplies, such as breast pumps, nursing stools, nursing bras, slings, and much more, will be available for purchase by cash or credit card. There are no rentals of supplies at this time. Sweet Beginnings will be open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Please contact Sharon Smart at (937) 498-5434 for more information about the new Sweet Beginnings Lactation Boutique or with any questions about the Family Birth Center!
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding or using a breast pump, our Lactation Consultant is just a phone call away. Call (937) 498-5434 to speak with her directly. The Lactation Consultant works three days a week; if she is not available at the time of your call, leave a message and she will promptly return your call.