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Lactation Expertise Serves NICU Families

August 2017 Blog, Breastfeeding Comments Off on Lactation Expertise Serves NICU Families

The anticipation of a baby’s birth is an exciting time for many people. The mother-to-be is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest family member and has given some thought about how she will feed that child. Many mothers choose to breastfeed so that their baby can receive the numerous advantages of breastmilk. When a baby is sent to the NICU, many of the things that a mother anticipated are taken away: skin to skin holding immediately following delivery, breastfeeding early, and spending every moment getting to bond with the baby. The NICU is a frightening place and the mother sees her baby in this complex medical environment, feeling somewhat helpless. Pumping milk is the only thing that she can “do” for her baby as she watches the various caretakers provide the care that she feels she should be providing for her baby. Studies show that establishing a milk supply and eventually establishing a breastfeeding relationship helps a mother establish her role and view herself as a “good mother” which may be a factor for higher sensitivity and secure attachment to the baby. continue reading

Healthy Health Plans Promote Breastfeeding

July 2016 Blog, Breastfeeding Comments Off on Healthy Health Plans Promote Breastfeeding

Most of us have heard that breastfeeding offers many health benefits for the baby, but did you know that it can also be quite beneficial for the mother and the health plan as well? For this month’s blog post, in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Week, we’ll discuss several of these benefits and illustrate how ProgenyHealth can be a supportive resource for mothers and health plans in their breastfeeding initiatives. continue reading

The Important Role a Lactation Consultant Plays in Helping Mother-Baby Pair in the NICU

August 2015 Blog, Breastfeeding, Stories from the NICU Comments Off on The Important Role a Lactation Consultant Plays in Helping Mother-Baby Pair in the NICU

Every August, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the globe. It is an annual reminder to improve the health of babies around the world by encouraging breastfeeding. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It is an amazing “brain food,” containing more than 200 ingredients that are specifically designed to provide the most ideal continue reading