MACHIAS, Maine — Breast Intentions is a new support group for breastfeeding moms and babies being offered in Machias. Certified Lactation Counselor, Ellen Farnsworth, will host the group twice monthly.
“Breastfeeding is still not the norm, even though research shows that it’s best for baby and for mom,” Farnsworth shares. Although breastfeeding rates are slowly increasing across the nation and in Maine, the Center for Disease Control’s goal is that 60.6% of moms are still breastfeeding at six months. In Maine, that rate is currently 15.2%. Breastfeeding is important for healthy growth and development and gives health protection to the baby that lasts well into childhood and beyond.
“It is the most natural thing in the world for a mother to feed her child, but it’s a learned skill. It can take both mom and baby a little practice to get it right. That’s why it’s so important to help mothers and their babies establish and continue good routines,” says Farnsworth.
The group is open to breastfeeding moms and their babies and to pregnant women who are thinking about breastfeeding. Beginning Oct. 8, the group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Machias with the possibility of expanding to other communities based on interest. Contact Ellen Farnsworth at 255-0212 for more information.
Maine Families of Washtington County (www.MaineFailiesWC.org) and the Women’s Health Resource Library (www.WHRL.org) sponsor the Breast Intentions Breastfeeding Support Group.