Breastfeeding Class |
Breastfeeding Benefits |
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.
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 reduces the risk of breast
cancer in premenopausal women. The longer you breastfeed, the lower the
SIDS incidence decreases with
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;
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.
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