On average, 76.5% of mothers breastfeed their babies at some point. It
is recommended that mothers who are breastfeeding do so eight to twelve
times per day. Breastfeeding provides benefits for both babies and mothers.
“Not only do breastfed babies have a decreased likelihood for allergies
and dental problems, but they also benefit from better jaw, teeth, and
speech development,” said said Trish Beckman, RN, CNM MPH, NEA-BC,
Director CVMC Maternity Services.
Studies also link breastfeeding to physical benefits in mothers, such as
reduced rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. While there are a few
negative aspects of breastfeeding, the benefits of breastfeeding are far
more significant for both baby and mother.
Sometimes, it can be difficult for a new baby and mother to get the hang
of breastfeeding. Even for women who have already had other children,
each child is different, and the experience can be a frustrating at first.
However, perseverance often proves to be rewarding, as the baby learns
to latch on and develops an eating schedule. Most mothers who had some
sort of difficulty when learning how to breastfeed say that they are glad
they pushed through so they could experience the rewards of breastfeeding.
Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in conjunction with CVMC’s Health
First Center provides the community with a wide variety of breastfeeding
options. Our staff is a resource for valuable breastfeeding knowledge
for new and experienced mothers alike. One of our most extensive breastfeeding
resources, the Lactation Station, is located at the Health First Center.
The Lactation Station is ready to help moms-to-be with a full line of
maternity and nursing bras, breast pumps for purchase or rental, and breastfeeding
accessories and supplies by Medela. We stock many hard-to-find sizes and
styles in Bravado and Medela maternity bras and tanks ranging from 32
to 44, offer professional bra fittings for our nursing moms and moms to
be, and carry a line of award winning BG & Co® (birthing gowns).
Consult our staff about any questions you might have about breastfeeding.
Walk-ins are welcome, or call the Health First Center at 828-485-2300
to make an appointment.