First time mom Tiffany Schrader hasn't had any trouble bonding with her 3-week-old baby boy, Parker. Breastfeeding has been natural.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
There is a big push by a group of metro women to make sure more babies get a healthy start.
They are breastfeeding experts, most concerned about mothers and babies in rural areas.
Breastfeeding experts with Priority Care Lactation say that newborns in rural areas are falling behind urban babies because women there aren't breastfeeding as long, often because they don't have the proper support - until now.
First time mom Tiffany Schrader hasn't had any trouble bonding with her 3-week-old baby boy, Parker.
Breastfeeding has been natural.
"In the beginning, I was worried that I may struggle with it because of the unknowns, but he's done great. He latched great ... at the hospital and ever since then, he has gained weight just fine," Schrader said.
But not every mom has such an easy time with it.
That is where lactation consultants, like Sharon DeMoss, with Priority Care Lactation come in.
"Everyone says that when they left the hospital, things were going great, but when they get home, things crumble apart. So we're trying to close that gap a little bit," DeMoss said.
DeMoss makes home visits to check on mom and baby and cheer them on.
"Show them what's a good latch on, how the baby should open its mouth, when they are swallowing, when they are actually eating versus not," DeMoss said.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a wide range of health benefits for growth, immunity and development.
And while there may be several breastfeeding support groups and help at one's pediatrician's office in urban settings, that support isn't found in rural areas.
"Without support, people stop breastfeeding quicker than those that have available support," DeMoss said.
So with the help of a grant, DeMoss is taking her services to rural communities, north of the metro on the Missouri side in hopes of increasing support for mothers.
Having lactation consultants there was very helpful for Schrader, and allow many more babies, like little Parker, the ability to grow up big and strong.
According to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), it is the only program like it in the state of Missouri. The women are not licensed yet in Kansas.
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