Many new mothers in the U.S. today haven’t been exposed to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is perceived as instinctive and natural, yet it can be quite challenging. Many women become frustrated, experience self-blame, and tend to “give up” when it becomes difficult. With proper coaching and support by the volunteer Breastfeeding Support Team at High Point Regional Hospital, most moms are able to breastfeed successfully.
Barb Carder, a High Point Regional Health System Lactation Consultant, established a volunteer group in 1994 called the Breastfeeding Support Team. Made up of moms, the team’s main objective is to ensure that new nursing mothers receive the support and encouragement they need to successfully breastfeed their babies as they transition from hospital to home.
Approximately 1,500 babies are born at High Point Regional each year and nearly 75percent of mothers choose to breastfeed their infants. Volunteers call and check-in with new moms to provide support. Moms are encouraged to seek out the lactation consultant when they are struggling.
Many believe breastfeeding provides a baby health benefits and is worth the time and effort to teach. This is why Barb Carder and the volunteer Breast Feeding Support Team at High Point Regional are Daily Points of Light.