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Mothers to get extra support

Thursday, 7th November, 2013

Community Midwife Lesley Pippen with Sarah Kakoschke and her newborn daughter Iyah and son Arie (4). Community Midwife Lesley Pippen with Sarah Kakoschke and her newborn daughter Iyah and son Arie (4).

By Gayle Ball

A new position at the hospital will support breastfeeding mothers in Broken Hill.

Lesley Pippen was recently appointed as the Community Midwife, a role which previously functioned from the Child and Family Health Centre.

A room in the antenatal/maternity ward will be refurbished to become the lactation support service from which Mrs Pippen will work.

Mrs Pippen said she hoped the new job would help ensure mothers received the right information so as to dispel some of the myths and misunderstandings about breastfeeding. 

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” she said.

“I do think the women that are breastfeeding do need support.”

Despite a high initiation rate, many women gave up breastfeeding in the weeks and months after birth and Mrs Pippen said it was often because they lacked support and received conflicting information.

“Breastfeeding is supply and demand. The more the baby feeds, the more milk a mother will produce.

“Sometimes a lot of breastfeeding women feel isolated and they’ve needed to know where they can get support.”

Mrs Pippen has worked as a midwife at the hospital for more than 30 years and has been an accredited lactation consultant for the past 15 years.

As well as feeding advice, Mrs Pippen will provide parents with information about settling and caring for their babies.

They also have the opportunity to join the new Breastfeeding Support Group that meets every second Thursday at 10am at the TAFE playhouse.

“This group offers an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions during the course of their breastfeeding journey,” Mrs Pippen said.

“I’m quite excited. I feel that the community does need the support that can be given through this role.”

“Being based at the hospital ensures that I get to meet all our women antenatally and can follow them up after they have had their babies.”

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