Effective Saturday, March 6th at 7am, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Non-COVID visitors are now allowed 2 support persons, without ability to rotate (end-of-life visitors are allowed to rotate).Click to View Our Visitation Policy (.pdf)
RMC Certified-Lactation Consultant Team
As a baby-friendly facility, RMC encourages new moms to breastfeed their newborns to help your baby get a healthy new start. Certified and trained lactation consultants are available every day to assist with inpatient breastfeeding support throughout your stay and at-home follow-up every day up to your baby’s first year birthday.
We invite and encourage new moms to attend our free breastfeeding class. But if you were unable to attend our breastfeeding class, you may wish to view educational videos and DVD’s on breastfeeding and newborn care during your stay.
ALL of our lactations consultants are registered nurses (RNs) and International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)-certified with more than 50+ years of breastfeeding experience. For additional information or questions, contact our certified lactation specialists at 256-235-5132 ext. 1.
Breastfeeding offers an unmatched beginning for children
Providing infants with human milk gives them the most complete nutrition possible. Human milk provides the optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for each baby to thrive. Scientific studies have shown us that breastfed children have far fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including a reduced risk of SIDS, childhood cancers, and diabetes.
Mothers who breastfeed are healthier
Recent studies show that women who breastfeed enjoy decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancer, anemia, and osteoporosis. They are empowered by their ability to provide complete nourishment for their babies. Both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding.
Families who breastfeed save money
In addition to the fact that breast milk is free, breastfeeding provides savings on health care costs and related time lost to care for sick children. Because breastfeeding saves money, fathers feel less financial pressure and take pride in knowing they are able to give their babies the very best.
How do Communities Reap the Benefits of Breastfeeding?
Research shows that there is less absenteeism from work among breastfeeding families. Resources used to feed those in need can be stretched further when mothers choose to give their babies the gift of their own milk rather than a costly artificial substitute. Less tax money is required to provide assistance to properly feed children. Families who breastfeed have more money available to purchase goods and services, thereby benefiting the local economy. Research also shows that breastfed babies have higher IQ scores, as well as better brain and nervous system development. When babies are breastfed, both mother and baby are healthier throughout their lives. This translates to lower health care costs and a reduced financial burden on families and third-party payers, as well as on community and government medical programs.
The environment benefits when babies are breastfed
Scientists agree that breast milk is still the very best way to nourish babies, and may even protect babies from some of the effects of pollution. Breastfeeding uses none of the tin, paper, plastic, or energy necessary for preparing, packaging, and transporting artificial baby milks. Since there is no waste in breastfeeding, each breastfed baby cuts down on pollution and garbage disposal problems. In addition, research shows that exclusive breastfeeding naturally spaces pregnancies.
Source: Adapted from Did You Know Breastfeeding Makes a Difference? La Leche League, the International Lactation Consultant Association, and the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy.
Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Anniston now serves as one of only four human “milk depots” in Alabama, among only 16 nationwide. Breastfeeding mothers are able to donate breast milk for premature or medically fragile babies after a simple free screening. The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama (MMBA) selected RMC as a satellite drop-off location for breast milk donations, which will be stored in a dedicated deep-freezer unit. After pasteurization at MMBA in Birmingham, the milk is distributed across the state for medically fragile infants.
Many babies born prematurely often have underdeveloped gastrointestinal tracts. It’s important to provide these medically fragile or premature infants the most easily digestible milk, and human milk is much easier to digest than milk-based formulas derived from cows’ milk or soybeans.
RMC is pleased to have been selected by MMBA and to serve as a milk depot, giving medically fragile babies a better option for healthy nutrition.