Mohawk Valley Breastfeeding Network, in partnership with Rome Memorial Hospital, is opening a new “Breastfeeding Café” to provide pregnant and breastfeeding moms and their families a place to support one another, socialize and get breastfeeding clinical support if needed.
Beginning Friday, April 12, the group will meet the second and fourth Fridays of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at Rome Memorial Hospital, fourth floor, 1500 N. James St.
There is no cost to participate and mothers can bring their babies to be weighed at the hospital’s “Weigh-to-Go” station. Snacks will be provided. Dads and grandparents are welcome.
“The friendly, relaxed atmosphere offers an opportunity for new mothers to share experiences and receive support from each other and certified breastfeeding helpers,” said Rome Memorial Hospital Certified Lactation Consultant Laurie Hoke.
The benefits of breastfeeding are many. For mom, there’s the convenience of not having to prepare formula or wash bottles. Breastfeeding can save the family more than $1,700 in formula costs a year. Mothers who breastfeed also lose their extra “pregnancy pounds” more easily and it reduces her risk for breast and ovarian cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
Breast milk is naturally fortified with antibodies that protect the newborn from certain infections and special proteins that help with brain development. According to the state Department of Health, breast milk protects against diseases like diabetes and cancer, allergies and obesity. It is easily digested; no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach, and babies have healthier weights as they grow.
For more information, contact Hoke in Rome Memorial Hospital’s Maternity Department at 315-338-7291.