BREAST-FEEDING Lactation center in Pa. gets grant



HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The UPMC Horizon Lactation Center, located at the Womancare Center of UPMC Horizon, affiliated with Magee-Women's Hospital, recently received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide breast-feeding awareness and support activities in Mercer County and surrounding communities.
The grant will help UPMC Horizon work toward the federal government's "Healthy People 2010" goals regarding infant nutrition, as well as provide interventions to support the initiation of breast-feeding and to extend the duration of exclusive breast-feeding.
Activities
Some of the activities the grant will support include:
UA twice-monthly lactation clinic and mother's group, which will be hosted at the UPMC Horizon Wellness Center, Greenville, and the Womancare Center. Beginning in January, the clinic will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Womancare Center, and the third Wednesday of the month at the Wellness Center. The mother's group, "I Eat at Mom's," will immediately follow the clinic.
UCommunity and media presentations on breast-feeding-friendly topics. Staff members have already made presentations to Minority Health Advocacy Committee Parish Nurses Associations.
UProviding money to mothers who cannot afford to rent a breast pump.
UUpdating teaching materials used in childbirth education classes and assuring that breast-feeding mothers have updated and accurate resources available.
The Lactation Center provides one-on-one breast-feeding consultations for new mothers at the Greenville and Shenango Valley campuses, as well as community and professional breast-feeding education. For more information, call the Lactation Center at (724) 347-4780.

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