Monmouth Medical Center opens breastfeeding wellness center

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Monmouth Medical Center opened an outpatient breastfeeding wellness center in Anne Vogel Wellness and Family Care Center.

The program, which provides breastfeeding support before and after childbirth on an outpatient basis, is designed to help and support families in achieving their breastfeeding goals through breastfeeding counseling and breastfeeding support and education.

Conveniently located at the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center at the Monmouth Shopping Center in Eatontown, the center offers consultations with lactation consultants certified by the International Board of Registered Nurses to help mothers overcome challenges breastfeeding. Additionally, the center offers private prenatal consultations and information on how to order a breast pump through outpatient insurance.

About the Vogel Center

The Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center opened its doors this spring, with subspecialty pediatric practices in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and infectious diseases, as well as general surgery, urology and otolaryngology and women’s services, including maternal-fetal medicine. The building also houses Monmouth Medical Center’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center and offers urgent care services and a lab blood collection station. The 82,000 square foot medical and wellness facility includes wellness education and resources through the LiveWell Center and WEforum Demonstration Kitchen with Nutrition Education Programs Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi .

Specialized Children’s Hospital, another RWJBarnabas health facility, occupies the second floor of the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center, offering medical and therapeutic services including audiology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, l occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry, psychology and speech therapy. This is the first CSH location in Monmouth County and will serve to improve access to specialist services for local patients and families.

The center also offers free weekly in-person and virtual support groups that promote breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support in a warm and welcoming environment. The support group is led by a lactation consultant certified by a registered nurse. All breastfeeding topics and issues are included in group discussions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, then continuing for two or more years starting with solid foods. The more breastmilk a baby receives, the more he will be protected against short- and long-term illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tara Ann Murphy, lactation consultant for the Breastfeeding Wellness Center, says breastfeeding has a big impact.

“One of the best things we can do to start with for our children is to provide them with the best nutrition available through breast milk,” she said. “Not only is your baby fed a milk customized for him, but he passes on the benefits of the mother’s immune factors as long as the baby receives breast milk. Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding experiences of motherhood and the healthiest way to feed a baby during the first year of life.

Monmouth Medical Center’s extensive comprehensive breastfeeding program includes prenatal support with breastfeeding education before delivery, in-hospital lactation support and continued lactation services after discharge. It is designed to provide women with information on the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the skills needed to successfully breastfeed their babies.

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