Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Breastfeeding Clinic opens in Amarillo
The Children's Miracle Network helps fund two new programs offering support for breastfeeding mothers.
Written by Justin Patterson
(From left) Hale and Jordan were among those on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.
There is now a new place for mothers to receive support and encouragement when it comes to breastfeeding their children. The TTUHSC at Amarillo recently opened the TTUHSC Breastfeeding Clinic in the department of pediatrics.
“This is a great opportunity for us to provide a much-needed service in our community,” said School of Medicine Regional Dean Richard Jordan, M.D. “With all of the resources we have here at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, this was a natural move for us.”
Funding for this clinic was generously provided by the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of the High Plains. The grant allowed for two clinic rooms to be converted to a more comfortable setting for breastfeeding mothers. Exam tables and medical equipment were removed, allowing for a large comfortable chair and other items to make mothers feel at home. Mothers will receive assistance and encouragement from lactation experts in Amarillo.
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“We try our best to make the mothers feel like they are in a relaxed atmosphere because it makes them feel welcome and not like they are not in a typical medical clinic,” said Clinic Administrator Angela Hartfelder, R.N.
“The Baby Cafe is a great program that will help many women in our area and encourage them to breastfeed,” said Assistant Dean of Research and founder of the InfantRisk Center, Thomas Hale, Ph.D., “It is amazing to see all four medical entities come together to make this program a reality.”
The CMN Baby Café is a support group for new mothers and for those who continue to breastfeed. The group will meet once a week, and physicians and experts will be available to answer questions. Mothers will be shown proper breastfeeding techniques and will be able to form relationships with other women in the group.
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The InfantRisk Center is an affiliate of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. It is a national source of information safeguarding mothers and their babies from medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
InfantRisk Center goals:
- Provide a national hotline for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
- Reduce unnecessary lactation terminations
- Develop new pregnancy registries for the pharmaceutical industry