July 21, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Women’s and Children’s Services is offering a free breastfeeding class for expectant parents, a $25 value. The class will take place Sunday, August 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Auxiliary Conference Room.

The educational class provides new parents the answers to common questions about breastfeeding and addresses topics such as: benefits of breastfeeding, breast milk composition, beginning breastfeeding techniques, and milk supply and changes in milk composition.

“When babies are breastfed, both mother and baby are healthier throughout their lives. Maury Regional promotes and supports that breast milk is the ideal nutrition for babies and offers new mothers the education and tools needed to assist in the process,” said Sandra Hudspeth, lactation consultant.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding with no supplements for the first six months of life, with supplemented and continued breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.

To assist new mothers as they begin to breastfeed, MRMC offers a highly trained nursing staff and board certified lactation consultants. In addition to seeing inpatients, lactation specialists also accept referrals from physicians on an outpatient basis.

A breastfeeding support group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month and informational expectant parent classes are offered to any new mother in the community. Expectant parent classes are led by trained professional staff who use seminars, class discussions, slides and video to help new parents get the skills they need to get started, and to help veteran parents brush up. To register for the free breastfeeding class or for more information, call 490.7074 or visit