New breastfeeding support group at ALMH
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[March 12, 2013]
The benefits of breastfeeding
extend well beyond basic nutrition. Besides giving babies all the
vitamins and nutrients they need for the first six months of life,
breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect
babies from illness.
However, even though breastfeeding may be "natural," that doesn't
mean it comes so naturally. On March 27, Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital is beginning a free, weekly breastfeeding support group to
provide mother-to-mother encouragement to breastfeeding moms. The
mothers and babies will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday
in Steinfort B at ALMH.
"Breastfeeding moms can be faced with
challenges. Whether they are concerned about the baby getting enough
to eat or learning how to juggle breastfeeding and going back to
work, we couldn't be more pleased to provide a support system to
breastfeeding moms," said Elizabeth Meyrick, R.N., manager of the
obstetrics unit at the hospital.
"We have lactation consultants available at ALMH, and we are also
available by phone once the new mothers and babies return home,"
Meyrick said. "However, peer support is very important to developing
a positive breastfeeding experience."
The meetings will be led by Renea Coberly, R.N., who is a
certified lactation consultant and works in obstetrics at the
At each meeting, the babies will be weighed to track their
growth, and the group will be able to ask questions and discuss
their current issues.
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No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome.
For more information about the group, call 217-732-2161, ext.
ALMH's Family Maternity Suites is a state-of-the-art obstetrical
center that features three spacious and private
labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms with private restrooms and
showers. Each mom and baby receives individualized care. To learn
more about the Family Maternity Suites or the other health care
services offered at ALMH, visit
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]