Class to Support Working Breastfeeding Mothers Announced

CarolinaEast Health System is offering a free class to support working mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Breastfeeding and the Workplace is being offered free of charge as a community service of CarolinaEast and is open to anyone who is breastfeeding.            
   The 90 minute class will alleviate common concerns for breastfeeding working mothers such as how to provide breast milk while working and will provide participants with the tools and techniques necessary to balance work and breastfeeding. Topics of discussion include planning ahead for the first days back at work, maintaining milk supply while working, choosing the right pump and communicating with your baby’s care provider while at work.            
   “We want working mothers to know that it is indeed possible to continue breastfeeding your child and successfully re-enter the workplace,” explained Jill Hartzog, Lactation Consultant at CarolinaEast. “The World Health Organization (WHO) is placing a focus on the importance of breastfeeding for the health of the child and the mother. CarolinaEast is committed to supporting this world-wide initiative on the local level.” The WHO, 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.  
   Earlier this year CarolinaEast became one of the first organizations in the area to provide a lactation room for employees. “This specially designed room is for the sole purpose of supporting our working mothers who understand the health benefits of breast feeding but want to continue as a member of the CarolinaEast team,” explained Hartzog.  The Breastfeeding and the Workplace class will be offered three times: January 14, 2009, February 17, 2009 and March 18, 2009. All sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the Education Building on the CarolinaEast Medical Center campus. Registration is recommended. Please call 252-633-8160.