NURSING MOMS GET SUPPORT AT PEDIATRICS APPOINTMENTS

January 18, 2019

NURSING MOMS GET SUPPORT AT PEDIATRICS APPOINTMENTS

ThedaCare Lactation Consultants Increase Convenience, Access

NEENAH, Wis. – New mothers who choose to nurse their babies, likely have plenty of questions and concerns that extend beyond the birth experience. In the past, experts who specialize in helping mothers and babies establish a successful breastfeeding routine, known as lactation consultants, were located at ThedaCare’s hospital-based birth centers. Recently, outpatient lactation consultants have relocated to ThedaCare pediatrics clinics in Neenah on Deerwood Avenue and Appleton on Enterprise Avenue. 

“A mom will return to the pediatrics clinic with her baby many more times than she will need to return to the hospital setting,” said Kelly Turzinski, RN, BSN at ThedaCare Physicians Pediatrics-Neenah Menasha. “She can have the baby’s check-up and schedule a consult with us in the same place, at the same time.”

All breastfeeding mothers are welcome to meet with ThedaCare lactation consultants, even if they are not ThedaCare patients or gave birth in a ThedaCare hospital.

“Our lactation consultants establish many consistent, helping relationships, all with the goal of increasing the success of mothers who breastfeed,” said Turzinski.

The lactation consultants help mothers and babies with breastfeeding techniques, discuss worries mothers may have, do breast pump fittings and help mothers prepare for return to work after maternity leave. They work with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems such latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production or inadequate weight gain.

Mothers who are interested in making an appointment with an outpatient ThedaCare lactation consultant can call ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Neenah at 920.727.9982 and in Appleton at 920.954.2551. Mothers can also leave a message and a lactation consultant will call them back. That number is 920.729.2154.

Photo Caption: Amber Seaman, an outpatient lactation consultant with ThedaCare, meets with a mom and baby at ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Neenah. ThedaCare outpatient lactation consultants are now located at pediatrics clinics to increase access and convenience for breastfeeding mothers.

About ThedaCare

For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves a community of more than 600,000 residents and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties.

ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.

For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.

Media should call Cassandra Wallace, Public Relations Specialist at 920.442.0328 or the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah switchboard at 920.729.3100 and ask for the marketing person on call.