Hinsdale – Thanks to a new CREATION Health
grant, the Adventist Midwest Health hospitals are growing programs they run to educate and assist mothers who choose to breastfeed.
The first phase of the grant program involves development of a digital app to provide helpful information about breastfeeding, said Sara Rosenbaum, regional obstetrical educator with Adventist Midwest Health.
The app, which will be available in Spanish and English, will also help mothers keep track of their breastfeeding and pumping schedule.
“What we plan to have on it is a timer, especially for those babies who are three-hour feeds,” Rosenbaum said.
The next phase of the grant program includes opening a breastfeeding boutique and clinic on the grounds at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
“It’s going to house all of our pumps, rentals and have any breastfeeding supplies imaginable,” Rosenbaum said.
All four Adventist Midwest Health hospitals now offer breast pumps to mothers, but the boutique will better centralize that service. Patients at hospitals further away from Hinsdale, such as Adventist GlenOaks Hospital
, could have supplies brought to their home hospital with the help of a lactation consultant or other staff.
The boutique will be connected to the clinic, Rosenbaum said, which will house two exam rooms where breastfeeding moms can get help from lactation consultants and have any questions answered. The clinic will be open to anyone in the west suburban area.
When the clinic opens, people who have the digital app will be able to make clinic appointments through it. Rosenbaum said the grant will also help make sure lactation consultants are available to hospital patients whenever they are needed.
The initiation rate on breastfeeding hovers between 75 and 80 percent at the Adventist Midwest Health hospitals, Rosenbaum said.
“It’s that time period when they go home and they don’t have any support, that’s when we lose the mom,” Rosenbaum said. “We’re hoping the clinic is going to help them at that critical time, when moms are having difficulty getting their babies to latch on or are facing breast issues.”
That’s why having information available early for new mothers is particularly important, said Denise Santucci, clinical manager of the birth center at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
. This grant will help make that possible.
“We know the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, and now we are allowed the opportunity to bring success to our new families,” Santucci said.
The breastfeeding app is currently under development, Rosenbaum said, and work on the clinic could begin later this year.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.
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