Local healthcare organization create breastfeeding resources

An inspiration photo hanging in one of TTUHSC's new breastfeeding clinic.

Starting Friday afternoon, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will offer a breastfeeding clinic on its pediatric floor. This is one part of the breastfeeding program created from a grant by the Childrenâ??s Miracle Network Baby Café.

The Breastfeeding Clinic will provide new moms and moms-to-be with the resources they need to understand breastfeeding as well as access to lactation consultants with whom they can talk about issues or problems they may have.

â??The breastfeeding clinic is like any other medical clinic here at Texas Tech wherein we see patients that are having any difficulties, questions, and we help them to work past those,â?? said Angela Hartfelder, a lactation consultant. â??We can help mothers to elucidate why they might be having a low milk supply, or even an oversupply, and help to overcome those challenges so that they continue to breastfeed successfully.â??

Hartfeld said that for a couple of generations of women, the trend was to move away from breastfeeding and that it was believed that formula was the same or even better. However, now with new research showing the benefits of breastfeeding, they are pushing for women to start breastfeeding again.

â??It has been well known for a long time that breastfeeding is really important to a baby and a momâ??s health,â?? said Amanda Griffin, a pediatrician for TTUHSC. â??We are fortunate to have all that research to show how beneficial breastfeeding is and getting all of that out there so that moms can make the best decision for them and their baby.â??

The Childrenâ??s Miracle Network Baby Café will be a resource for new mothers to attend weekly and hosted at alternating hospitals, BSA and Northwest Texas Hospital. The goal of the baby café is to invite women to breastfeed in a support group type environment and to be a mom-to-mom discussion and safe area. Lactation consultants will also be in the area during the allotted times.

The collaboration is a joint push for breastfeeding resources by TTUHSC, the Northwest Texas Healthcare System and the BSA Health System.

* The location and times for the Children's Miracle Network Baby Cafe are listed on the second image linked with this article. *