Research shows that breastfeeding benefits both babies and their moms. It reduces your child’s risk for developing many types of infections and helps you recover from the stress of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Our in-house lactation consultants are available to offer advice and instruction before delivery and during your hospital stay.
Before delivery we offer regularly scheduled classes about breastfeeding. During your stay with us, we offer bedside consultations. If you have questions related to breastfeeding or need help beginning and maintaining lactation, we have experts to assist you during your hospital stay. We also have staff on hand for moms with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.
A Texas Ten Step Facility, as designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, our international board-certified lactation experts are available for one-on-one consultations to assist mothers with any questions they may have or address their special needs.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding: Did You Know?
Globally, less than 40 percent of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed and only 14.8 percent breastfeed beyond the six-month mark. Adequate counseling and support are essential for mothers and families to initiate and maintain optimal breastfeeding practices. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is leading efforts in educating moms regarding the benefits of breastfeeding.
Dr. Berens Discusses Breastfeeding on Great Day Houston
8 Facts Moms Should Know About Breastfeeding
Pamela Berens, M.D., an OB/GYN affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and a leading national expert on breastfeeding, shares 8 facts moms should know about breastfeeding:
- Breastfed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, heart disease in later life, and cancer before the age of 15.
- Breastfeeding decreases the likelihood that the child will become obese.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies later in life.
- There is a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer for moms who breastfeed.
- There is a delayed return of periods for moms who breastfeed.
- Mom can burn 600 calories or more a day. Perfect for losing baby weight!
- Nursing triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes both baby and mom.
- Baby formula can costs hundreds of dollars per month.
A sense of confidence is produced in mom by providing all the nutrients her child needs. The bond of a nursing mother and child is stronger than any other human contact. This feeling sets the health and psychological foundation for years to come.
As one of only 90 hospitals in the country selected to be a part of the “Best Fed Beginnings” program, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offer moms the opportunity to breastfeed immediately upon birth instead of being separated for four or more hours. Additionally, bedside lactation consultants are there for the duration of the mom’s hospital stay.