|Kennedy Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week – August 1-7|
According the World Health Organization, adequate breastfeeding support for mothers and families could save many young lives. Lactation Consultant Joanne Naughton, RN, CCE, IBCLC, has noticed the breastfeeding has been increasing within the community.
Donna Carter of West Deptford, planned to breastfeed her first child for the mother-child bonding and cost savings but when her daughter was born at 24 weeks, weighing 1 lb., 6 oz., it became even more critical that Baby Camille receive the nourishing and immunological benefits of breast milk.
Since Camille was a patient in Kennedy’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for four months, it was necessary for Donna to pump her breast milk every 3-4 hours from home and work.
I had to go back to work while Camille was in the NICU so I pumped at work using a hospital grade electric pump and kept the milk in the break room refrigerator,” says Donna. “When I visited at night and on the weekends, I brought the milk and fed it to her in a bottle.”
Naughton explains that preemies often do not have the fatty pads in their cheeks to facilitate an adequate nutritive feeding so Camille never actually nursed from Donna’s breasts but still received the nutrients she needed to thrive.
In 2007, Lisa Austin of Pitman gave birth to her son Jackson. He was born with a short frenulum (membrane extending from floor of mouth to underside of tongue) which made it difficult to breastfeed, but with the help of Kennedy Lactation Consultant Dawn Swiderski, RN, IBCLC, who spoke to her on the phone several times and met with her privately, Lisa was able to successfully breastfeed her son.
“Dawn met me in the hospital on Father’s Day and could not have been more accessible,” says Lisa. “I spoke with her every week for several months and attribute my ability to breastfeed with her guidance. Jackson had milk and egg allergies and acid reflux so breastfeeding was especially important for him.”
Kennedy has two internationally certified lactation consultants who are also registered nurses to assist new moms with breastfeeding. Additionally, Women’s & Children’s Services offers twice weekly support groups for breastfeeding moms.
Kennedy associates and family members of associates receive free phone counseling for breastfeeding. For more information, call (856) 582-3000.