Baby Cafe & Breastfeeding Support
As a Baby-Friendly Designated hospital, we believe breast feeding is critical to you and your baby's health; we want to support you and your family in this decision even after you leave the hospital.
New Beginnings Baby Café supports breastfeeding mothers in every aspect of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between. It is facilitated by two registered nurses who are also IBCLC lactation consultants. All pregnant and breastfeeding moms are welcome to attend this free support group every Thursday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. in Brookings Hospital Conference Room A. Due to COVID-19 concerns, only mother and infant will be allowed to attend. Masks are required.
Watch & Learn
Brookings’ moms talk about the support of their birth plans and breastfeeding choices at the New Beginnings Birth Center.
Dr. Emily Abele explains the benefits of breastfeeding for babies and how Brookings Health System supports new families through the process.
Important Breastfeeding Tips
The great health benefits for baby are hard to ignore. It has been estimated that 900 infant lives per year may be saved in the United States if 90% of mothers exclusively breastfed their babies for six months.
Studies have shown the following benefits to babies who were ever breast fed versus exclusive feeding with artificial baby milk:
- 15-30% reduction of adolescent and adult obesity
- 64% reduction incidence of gastrointestinal tract infections (benefit continues for two months after weaning infant)
- Decreased incidence of ear infections
Studies have shown the following benefits to babies who were exclusively breastfed for three to six months:
- Decreased incidence of asthma, eczema, and atopic dermatitis
- Reduction of Type 1 Diabetes
- Reduction in the risk of developing Celiac Disease
- Reduction of Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma
- Reduction in the risk for childhood inflammatory bowel disease
- Higher intelligence scores
- Decreased incidence of SIDS death
- Decreased risk of serious colds and ear/throat infections
The following organizations recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months (no foods or liquids other than breast milk) and continue to breastfeed their babies for at least twelve months:
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
- American Dietetic Association
- American Public Health Association
- World Health Organization