The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Youth Health Care (YHC) from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA), has been organizing Free Lactation Consultations since May 12.
The sessions take place every Thursday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Baby Wellness Clinic CPS Vineyard Building, Philipsburg. The lactation consultation is also done in collaboration with Women’s Health Services N.V.
The free lactation consultation is for moms in their second trimester and for moms with questions on breastfeeding. Pre-registration is required, and you can call 520-4163 for an appointment.
The goal of any lactation consultation is to identify and address any issues associated with breastfeeding in a way that works for
the mother. Making breastfeeding comfortable for both mother and baby takes practice. Common challenges range from breast or nipple pain to finding a comfortable feeding position.
Breastfeeding is important. Mothers who breastfeed: have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers such as breast cancer; may find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant; and strengthen the bond with their children.
Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy. It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions. It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity.
It protects against infections, like ear infections. It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach. Babies have healthier weights as they grow.
Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests. Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs. The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of baby to promote healthy growth. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.
The lactation consultations are part of YHCs activity for World Breastfeeding Week 2022. The theme is “Step Up for Breastfeeding. Educate and Support.”