24/7 online breastfeeding help now available
Breastfeeding may come easy for some, but others struggle. Some of mothers’ biggest concerns are about latching on, supply, whether baby is eating enough, and issues with the breast including mastitis, engorgement and clogged ducts.
If you have a MyNortonChart account, you have access to free, face-to-face secure video visits with a provider for breastfeeding help any time of the day or night.
“While breastfeeding is a natural part of motherhood for many, first-time moms as well as experienced mothers sometimes need a little extra help,” said Elizabeth Doyle, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Community Medical Associates – Shepherdsville and Norton Healthcare’s system medical director for lactation. “Anyone who wishes to breastfeed is welcome to use the service.”
Kentucky breastfeeding rates lag nation
Nearly 74 percent of mothers in Kentucky have breastfed at some point. That’s an increase for the state, but is still lower than the national average of 83.2 percent.
Breastfeeding has many benefits. It can reduce ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea/vomiting and sudden infant death syndrome. It also decreases a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers, as well as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
“We hope that providing this service can help more mothers try to breastfeed — and keep breastfeeding as long as possible,” Dr. Doyle said.
A Norton eCare video visit can help with questions or concerns about:
- Latch and positioning
- Clogged ducts
- Pumping issues
- Milk storage