The Center for Breastfeeding
At Central Vermont Medical Center's Center for Breastfeeding our Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available for consultations before and after your baby's birth.
It begins from the first moment a mother holds her newborn infant and continues through a lifetime. Breastfeeding enhances this special bond and brings numerous benefits for both babies and mothers.
The Center for Breastfeeding at Central Vermont Medical Center helps you establish and enjoy your breastfeeding experience. This comprehensive service provides all the education, tools and support you need.
The Center for Breastfeeding offers the following services:
- Postpartum support services
- Inpatient services
- Office visits and telephone counseling
- Educational materials
- Coordination with client’s obstetrician and/or pediatrician
- Monthly Breastfeeding Celebration Groups - Bosom Buddies and Bosum Buddies TOO
CVMC’s Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available for consultations before and after your baby’s birth to to support you in providing nature’s finest baby food.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Care Award
May 2015 - The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Consultant Association (ILCA) recently notified the Center for Breastfeeding that they have received the IBCLC Care Award, a global recognition program, for excellence demonstrated in staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants as part of the maternal–child health care team and for conducting breastfeeding activities, promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. Learn more.
Studies have shown that breast milk is the best food for your baby. It supplies superior nutrition and provides numerous health benefits including:
- immunity to fight infections and diseases while cutting down on allergies;
- optimal weight gain and growth for individual babies; less risk of early obesity;
- easy digestibility resulting in fewer gastrointestinal problems, especially in premature babies;
- decreased risk of ear and respiratory infections, diabetes, sudden-infant-death syndrome (SIDS);
- protection against meningitis, childhood lymphoma, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative entercolitis;
- enhanced intellectual, psychomotor, neurological and jaw development.
Breast milk is practical, it…
- is free of contaminants.
- always the right amount at the right temperature.
- makes night feeding easier.
- can be refrigerated and frozen for future use.
- is free, reducing or eliminating the cost of formula.
Mothers experience benefits from breastfeeding, too. Breastfeeding:
- reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers
- reduces the risk of anemia
- protects against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life
- decreases postpartum uterine size and helps mothers return to her pre-pregnancy state faster
- increases self-esteem
The Natural Choice. Many working mothers wish to continue to breastfeed and are looking for support to help incorporate natural nursing into their busy lifestyles. If you return to work, your baby can still enjoy the benefits of breast milk. We can help you establish a schedule that combines breastfeeding with bottle feeding using expressed breast milk. Your baby continues to receive nature’s most perfect nutrition even when you are separated.
The Center for Breastfeeding is coordinated by Board Certified Lactation Consultants who are Registered Nurses in Maternal Child Health.
- Mary Letourneau, RN, BSN, IBCLC
- Heidi Eames RN, IBCLC
The skills and knowledge of our staff can help introduce you and your baby to a wonderful breastfeeding experience by helping you prevent or correct any problems that may occur.
As part of your birth experience at The Garden Path Birthing Center at Central Vermont Medical Center you and your baby are assured the finest care during your inpatient stay.
The Center for Breastfeeding works in partnership with local obstetric, gynecological and pediatric specialists. In addition, we work as a team with Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice to provide on-going service in the home after discharge.