This post was written by Erin Norton, RN, BSN, MBA, director, Community Outreach, Parkview Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
This year, the theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Step up for Breastfeeding,” with a focus on strengthening support systems across the globe to pre-pandemic levels. In our neck of the woods, Parkview’s lactation consultants are busy at work protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
Whether it be an encouraging pep talk, helping you handle a difficult situation or reassuring you in a moment of panic, lactation consultants are an important support for families. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Parkview’s lactation consultants have come together to share their best advice and words of wisdom. To the breastfeeding families in our community: We celebrate you this week and always.
Parkview’s lactation consultants
Words of encouragement
“Never quit on a bad day. We are a phone call away to ease any concerns that you may have!” – Michelle Harlan, BSN, IBCLC, Parkview Noble Hospital
“We are here to help you reach your goals!” – Angela Swanson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Huntington Hospital
“Set small goals and celebrate each one! Surround yourself with a village who will encourage you, support you, and celebrate with you!” – Brittany Wessel, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Parkview DeKalb Hospital
“You are an amazing super-being who is loved and cherished by your baby!” – Loretta Vogel, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Community Nursing
“We have been there and are cheering you on!” – Julie Schmucker, RN, CLS, Parkview Regional Medical Center NICU
“I am here for your journey, to support you no matter what.” – Sarah Wolfe, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Whitley Hospital
“Breastfeeding: The bond that lasts a lifetime!” – Danielle Wisniewski, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Regional Medical Center
“Your body was made to breastfeed!” – Chris Arney, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Regional Medical Center
“Skin to skin is always in!” – Jeanne Buta, RN, IBCLC, Parkview Regional Medical Center
“Take it one feeding at a time, you can do hard things, mama! You and baby are both learning each other. Remember to take care of yourself, too!” – Emily Davis, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Parkview Wabash
“I hope that even on your hard days you know how special you are. Especially to your little people.” – Lyndsey Bowman, RN, BSN, Parkview Regional Medical Center
“Breastfeeding can be a piece of cake or breastfeeding can come with challenges. We are here for you either way, whatever you need.” – Brook Hartman, RNC, IBCLC, Parkview LaGrange Hospital
“Your breastfeeding journey with your baby may look different than other moms and that’s OK! Any amount of breastmilk is beneficial to your baby!” – Shayla Gallo, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Parkview Regional Medical Center
“Believe in your body’s ability to do amazing things.” – Erin Norton, BSN, MBA, IBCLC, Parkview Women’s & Children’s Administration