CarolinaEast Medical Center Announces Opening of Lactation Room

Area Designed Specifically for Working Mothers Who Breastfeed
    CarolinaEast Medical Center Maternal/Child Health Services is pleased to announce the opening of a Lactation Room for working mothers. The special area, located on the second floor, Women’s Center, offers a relaxing environment, complete with soothing music, where the working mother can pump her breast milk while she is away from her baby.             
    “We chose August 5th to open our Lactation Room to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week,” said Jill Hartzog, RN, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and CarolinaEast  Maternal Child Educator. “CarolinaEast employs many working mothers and wanted to support them in their desire to breastfeed their child. This room is a result of that commitment to our staff and their families,” explained Hartzog.             
    The World Health Organization, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Academy of Family Practice recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Continued breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods throughout the second half of the first year is highly recommended by these professional organizations.             
    CarolinaEast Medical Center employs two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to provide expert assistance when nursing mothers face challenges and obstacles. In addition, nurses in the Maternal Child Health Complex are available to provide guidance and support.             
    “As the area’s leading health care provider, we felt strongly we needed to provide our own employees with the resources to follow the recommendations of our professional organizations,” explained Rosanne Leahy, Vice President, Nursing Services. “We hope to set an example for other business and industry to follow,” she added.                
    For more information, contact Hartzog at 252-634-6202 or email her at jhartzog@carolinaeasthealth.com.
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