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Breastfeeding Support Services

 
Dee Bower, RN, IBCLC

 

Lactation Consultants

WMHS has a lactation consultant who offers support, encouragement, and any needed assistance for the new breastfeeding mother and her baby. Dee Bower, RN, IBCLC, is a registered nurse and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 


Please call them at 240-964-6417 with questions or concerns you may have about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Classes

Increase your confidence with nursing your baby by attending on of our free classes. You will learn basic breastfeeding skills and other helpful information. A support person is also encouraged to attend.

Classes are normally offered the last Tuesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. To register, please call 240-964-6400

Questions To Ask The Pediatrician

If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, knowing if your pediatrician is "breastfeeding friendly can be helpful. The Western Maryland Regional Lactation Workgroup developed these questions to help expectant mothers when selecting a pediatrician.

Tell me about how you work with breastfeeding families in your practice. What percentage of
your babies are being breastfed?
Do you have a trained breastfeeding specialist in your office?
Who on your staff could help me if I have breastfeeding problems?
What kind of help could they offer me?
Under what circumstances would you suggest a breastfed baby receive formula?
What do you recommend to breastfeeding mothers who need to return to work?