La Grange – When it comes to nursing bras, a proper fit is essential not only to comfort, but to breast health.
“Many women wear the wrong size bra. But if a bra is too tight in one place, it can restrict milk flow and cause plugged ducts, which can lead to breast infections,” said Jonie Hosack, a board certified lactation consultant at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
Breastfeeding mothers can now purchase Medela nursing bras directly from Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. For more information, contact the hospital’s Lactation Department at 708-245-6116.
The hospital’s certified lactation consultants are also certified bra fitters. They will measure women to help insure a perfect fit. Bra styles include seamless soft cup bras, seamless soft cup underwire bras, comfort bras, sleep bras and camisoles.
If the appropriate size is not available, it can be special ordered. Women can purchase bras while recuperating in the hospital following delivery or by appointment.
“Our bras are really soft and feminine looking,” Hosack said. “You can throw them in their washing machine with the baby clothes, as long as you wash them on the gentle cycle with mild soap.”
The lactation department offers a variety of services for breastfeeding women. These include pre-natal breastfeeding classes, in hospital lactation assistance Monday through Saturday, phone hotline service after discharge and follow-up call from a lactation consultant after discharge to check progress.
The Breastfeeding Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday for nursing mothers as well as their infants age 0-3 months. Outpatient visits are available for more difficult issues that require one to one assistance. Appointments are necessary and there is a fee for this service.
The department also offers monthly Lactina breastpump rentals and Medela breastpumps and product sales.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that women breastfeed their children for at least 12 months and wait to introduce solid food until the baby is six months old. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding continues up to two years of age and beyond.