With the help of a grant from CREATION Health, a faith-based health and wellness program based in Orlando, Fla., Adventist Midwest Health hospitals are creating and developing programs 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, Sara Rosenbaum, RN, regional obstetrical educator with Adventist Midwest Health, based in Hinsdale, Ill., said in a news release.
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 in the release.
The next phase of the grant program includes opening a breastfeeding boutique and clinic on the grounds at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Its going to house all of our pumps, rentals and have any breastfeeding supplies imaginable, Rosenbaum said in the release.
All four Adventist Midwest Health hospitals now offer breast pumps to mothers, but the boutique will better centralize that service. Patients at hospitals farther away from Hinsdale, such as Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, Ill., could have supplies brought to their hospital with the help of a lactation consultant or other staff.
The boutique will be connected to the clinic, Rosenbaum said in the release, which will house two exam rooms where breastfeeding moms can receive 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 schedule 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% at the Adventist Midwest Health hospitals, Rosenbaum said.
Its that time period when they go home and they dont have any support, thats when we lose the mom, Rosenbaum said in the release. Were 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.
Thats why having information available early for new mothers is particularly important, Denise Santucci, RN, clinical manager of the birth center at Adventist La Grange (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, said in the release. 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 in the release.
The breastfeeding app is under development, Rosenbaum said, and work on the clinic could begin later this year.