Expert Panel Weighs in on Breastfeeding Benefits, Best Practices

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Children of all ages modeled the latest youth fashions and a panel of experts brought information to a recent health education event at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. The event — titled “Breast Milk: Nature’s Perfect Nutrition” — took place in celebration of World Breastfeeding Month.

The expert panel discussed the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and encouraged women to take advantage of support efforts at Methodist Charlton. It also discussed a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program that helps ensure proper nutrition for low-income women and children up to age 5. The panel included Methodist Charlton physician Jeremy Vaughan, MD; Methodist Charlton nurse-midwife Arnette Kelley; WIC peer counselor Catreana Cox; and Methodist Charlton lactation consultant Reba Godfrey. Lisa King-Hatley, MD, independently practicing physician on the Methodist Charlton medical staff, spoke to moms in a session called “Mom Talk.” Vendors were on hand to share information on services and products, and several of the attendees won door prizes.

For the fourth year in a row, Methodist Charlton has been designated a Texas Ten Step facility by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. To receive the designation, hospitals must implement 10 goals, or “steps,” to support mothers who intend to breastfeed their infants after delivery. The staff also provides new mothers with resources for continued care after hospital discharge.