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The Nurturing Nook Offers Breastfeeding Help, Supplies at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

News Release: February 27, 2015


The Nurturing Nook Offers Breastfeeding Help, Supplies at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital


Hinsdale – New mothers can find a full array of breastfeeding supplies, as well as education and support, at The Nurturing Nook, a clinic and boutique now open at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Elmwood Hall, 121 N. Elm St., Suite 134 in Hinsdale.

The full boutique features nursing bras, support pillows, baby booties and teething accessories, as well as organic cream to soothe mom’s sore spots and breast pumps for sale or rental.


“We’ve got it all, for before and after the baby comes,” said Emily DeAno, community partnership specialist and certified lactation counselor. “We have the best brands in mom and baby items, including labor gowns and baby slings.”


DeAno, a resident of Naperville, is energized by the passion that she discovered while breastfeeding her son, who is nearly three. She overcame some challenges and treasures the experience. Now she wants to help other mothers.


“I struggled when I began breastfeeding my son,” DeAno said. “When I sought help, I found that there were untapped resources in the community and the hospital lactation department was one of them. There were great partnerships to be made.”


The Nurturing Nook, made possible through a grant from CREATION Health, a biblical-based lifestyle wellness program rooted in the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist church, is one of only a few clinics in the western suburbs that can bill insurance. Most insurance companies now provide coverage for breastfeeding supplies and services under the Affordable Care Act. The Nurturing Nook offers a weekly breastfeeding café, a supportive group of breastfeeding mothers who share experiences. It is led by a board certified lactation consultant.


“I’m excited to now be able to offer a great place for our local mothers to get help in reaching their breastfeeding goals,” DeAno said. “We want to promote the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goal of increasing the percentage of babies breastfed exclusively at six months from 43 percent to 60 percent.” Healthy People 2020 is a federal program that sets objectives in promoting health and preventing disease.


“The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization strongly recommend breastfeeding,” DeAno said. “Breastfeeding may reduce the baby’s risks of SIDS, diabetes, respiratory illness, ear infections and obesity to name a few.”


The Nurturing Nook also serves as a drop-off location for the Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. “We are really excited about partnering with the Mother’s Milk Bank as a depot,” DeAno said. “Once a donor is approved, mothers can drop off their excess breast milk at our center and we get it to the milk bank.”


The milk bank provides donor breast milk to mothers who cannot supply enough breast milk, particularly mothers of infants who are premature or who have other health issues. Medical experts and lactation specialists recommend mother’s milk to help prevent infections.


“I believe that breastfeeding is the greatest first gift you can give to your baby,” DeAno said. “I wouldn’t change my own experience at all.”


The Nurturing Nook is open from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. weekdays. For information, call (630) 856-MILK (6455).

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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.