Memorial Hospital Celebrates Breastfeeding Awareness

September 20, 2017

NORTH CONWAY, NH – On August 17, dozens of moms and babies gathered at Memorial Hospital’s Breastfeeding Support Group meeting space to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The mothers enjoyed raffle prizes, healthy snacks and refreshments and celebrated each other’s successes in breastfeeding their babies. Prizes were donated by Maygan Donovan (LulaRoe); Mountain Tire (Jen Olson); Pam Bormann (Thirty One Products); Kris Dascoulias and Annie Crawford; Morgan Gaima (Norwex); Royalty Athletic Club; Maria Bilger (HypnoWorks) and Cori Gilkey (Be Who You Be Photography).

Memorial Hospital boasts a 98% breastfeeding initiation rate, higher than the NH state average of 86.4% of infants who ever breastfed. Memorial Hospital hosts weekly breastfeeding support groups on Thursdays at 10am at the Main Street Professional Building, across from Delaney’s on Route 16. 67% of mothers consider support groups to be important in influencing their decision to breastfeed beyond a year. Breastfed babies whose moms regularly seek support at this group range from newborns to 3.5 years old. Mothers come from throughout Carroll and Coos counties as well as Oxford County, Maine. Memorial has many trained and certified lactation consultants in their Family Birthing Center, emphasizing their focus on the importance of breastfeeding and also allowing for new mothers to have many resources available for them for breastfeeding success.

For more information, call the Family Birthing Center at 603-356-5461 ext. 2146.

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.