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For Immediate Release August 04, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the world each year during the first week of August to promote breastfeeding and highlight its importance to the health of mothers and babies.

The Birthing Center at UM Shore Regional Health supports breastfeeding in a variety of ways. Birthing Center nurses are specially trained in the benefits and techniques of lactation, and certified lactation consultants are also available for mothers who experience breastfeeding difficulties during their hospital stay with us. 

For those who experience difficulties after leaving the hospital, the Birthing Center provides breastfeeding classes and also private consultations (in person and over the telephone). Also, the Breastfeeding Support Group welcomes expectant mothers as well as new mothers, and provides excellent guidance to help moms breastfeed successfully, benefiting their own health as well as their babies' health. The group meets twice each month in the 5th floor meeting room of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

More information about breastfeeding support available through the Birthing Center may be obtained by visiting

Shown celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with UM Shore Regional Health lactation consultant Carol Leonard (standing) are: Katie Fitzhugh, with daughter, Aubree; Jacki Payne, with son, Bowen; and Megan Smith, with daughter, Lucy. Payne and Smith live in Kent County; Fitzhugh lives in Dorchester.