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Meridian Breastfeeding Services

Board Certified Lactation Consultants

The Lactation Center at Anderson Regional Birth Center provides breastfeeding education and support to a mother before the birth of her baby and throughout her breastfeeding journey. We are committed to helping mothers and babies be as healthy as possible…and that begins with breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is Best

baby smiling at mother on her breastThere is no other SINGLE action by which mom can so dramatically impact the present and future health of her baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says human milk is the preferred feeding for ALL infants. AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant.

Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and most women who choose to breastfeed have a specific goal in mind. Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, asthma, other respiratory illnesses, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

Anderson Regional Birth Center acknowledges this research and provides optimum support to mothers and babies throughout the breastfeeding journey. Utilizing evidence-based policies, this journey is encouraged from the very beginning. The first hour of your baby’s life is “golden,” which is the reason we are promoting the “Golden Hour.” Mothers who deliver healthy newborn babies are encouraged to keep their baby skin-to-skin as they count fingers and toes and “oohs and ahs,” and offer the first feeding. Studies have shown that this practice helps lead to breastfeeding success. We want to give mom and baby that first hour together, uninterrupted, in a bonding time that is a once in a lifetime event!

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants

Anderson is proud to provide our new moms with two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. These registered nurses are committed to assist the mother by providing:

  • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
  • In-hospital assessments
  • Breast pump rentals/sales
  • Telephone support for questions from home
  • Follow-up consultations as needed


Breastfeeding Resources

Reba Lee, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, explains the importance of breastfeeding and the resources available at Anderson Regional Birth Center.

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