According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies, “Access to support from health professionals such as doctors, nurses or lactation consultants is important for the health of the mother during pregnancy, after giving birth and after release from the hospital.” At OneWorld, we are here to support our breastfeeding patients.
Our clinicians help new mothers learn about breastfeeding before and after the birth of their babies in an effort to provide comprehensive breastfeeding education opportunities.
“All OneWorld patients who are pregnant or who just want information will be provided breastfeeding information,” Mariela Muñoz, Nurse Magager at the Women’s Health Center, said. “We have a very nice packet…that talks about everything they may need to know.”
Before a patient’s baby is born, she can join a Centering Pregnancy group to meet other expecting mothers and to attend clinician-led discussions and interactive activities designed to address important health topics. In these Centering Pregnancy groups, expecting mothers spend time learning about breastfeeding. Muñoz, who is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, is also working to start a class solely dedicated to breastfeeding in the near future.
After a patient gives birth, a staff member calls the new mother to ask if she would like to schedule a breastfeeding appointment with a provider. New or established patients can also call the Women’s Health Center with any questions about breastfeeding. If a nurse is unable to answer a question over the phone, the nurse will help the patient schedule an appointment.
“At the Women’s Health Center, we have tried to take our clinic to the next level,” Muñoz said. “In the near future, most of our nurses will be certified lactation consultants….All of the nurses at the Women’s Health Center have a lot of experience and are comfortable providing some guidance.”
OneWorld’s WIC team also includes registered dieticians and nutritionists, including another International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Whether breastfeeding patients visit the Women’s Health Center, take a class or consult with WIC clinicians, they are met with consistent and comprehensive support from our health care team.
Call the Women’s Health Center at (402) 734-4110 with any questions about breastfeeding.