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Lactation Services

Breastfeeding Class | Support Group |
Breastfeeding Benefits | Lactation Consultant

Our Certified Lactation Consultant will work to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. A lactation consultant will meet with every breastfeeding mother during her stay at the hospital, and will make follow-up telephone calls to offer ongoing support to breastfeeding moms.

Breastfeeding Class
The Breastfeeding Class is a two hour program that outlines the benefits of breastfeeding. It teaches expecting parents the basic techniques for beginning breastfeeding, answers questions, and provides information on general breastfeeding topics. Husbands are encouraged to attend.

Breastfeeding Benefits

  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women. The longer you breastfeed, the lower the risk.

  • SIDS incidence decreases with breastfeeding.

  • Women who breastfeed are less likely to develop ovarian cancer.

  • Breastfeeding improves bone density and reduces the risk of hip fractures as a woman ages.

  • Human milk is nutritionally perfect for human babies. Human milk changes to meet the needs of a growing baby; formula cannot.

  • Human milk contains important nutrients and special protective factors. This is nature’s way of safe guarding the immature newborn against infections.

  • Human milk is easily digested.

  • Breastfed babies have fewer urinary tract, ear and respiratory infections, and less diarrhea.

  • Breastfed babies have less incidence of diabetes, obesity and allergies.

  • The benefits of breastfeeding extend into adulthood, evidenced by less occurrence of Gastro Intestinal disorders like Crohn's Disease and colitis.

Lactation Consultant

Mary Oeltjenbruns, RN
Mary Oeltjenbruns, RN, has been a registered nurse for 23 years. Mary’s interest in the field of obstetrics has led her to seek further education and training in this area. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant, and is an advocate of breastfeeding. Being a Certified Lactation Consultant enables me to increase community awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. Mary also teaches the prenatal education series for expecting parents at WAH.


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