University Hospital Launches Outpatient Lactation Services

University Hospital is dedicated to the promotion of breastfeeding for our new moms, which is why every year, we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Now, University Hospital is expanding its lactation services throughout the region to promote the many benefits of breastfeeding and to help new mothers become more comfortable with breastfeeding to improve the health of the next generation in the CSRA.

The Affordable Care Act allows for up to four visits from a lactation consultant within the first year of delivery. Because of this, the W.G. Watson, M.D., Women’s Center launched its Outpatient Lactation Services on July 16 with our board-certified Lactation Consultants. Patients can call 706-774-2328 for an appointment.

BENEFITS FOR BABY

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less diarrhea, constipation, gastroenteritis, gastroesophageal reflux and preterm necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Increased IQ
  • Fewer colds and respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and whooping cough
  • Fewer ear infections, especially those that damage hearing
  • Fewer case of bacterial meningitis
  • Better vision and less retinopathy of prematurity
  • Lower rates of infant mortality
  • Lower rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

BENEFITS FOR MOM

  • Reduced risk of Breast Cancer
  • Reduced risk of Ovarian Cancer
  • Reduced risk of Diabetes
  • Return to pre-pregnant weight faster

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