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Susquehanna Health Hosts Multigenerational Moms Group at Baby Cafe
Date:8/27/2013

Williamsport, PA (PRWEB) August 27, 2013

Susquehanna Health (SH) celebrated World Breastfeeding Week in August with a very special gathering of multigenerational moms. The idea for the event was born out of a conversation between Natalie McCullen, RN, Lactation Consultant at Susquehanna Health’s Birthplace and a founder of the original Williamsport Nursing Mother’s Group (WNMG), Janet Harrison, during a Lycoming Clinton Breastfeeding Coalition meeting.

The two women decided it would be encouraging to bring together the moms from the WNMG and the new moms who currently attend the SH Baby Café group for a time of discussion. A grassroots effort, WNMG grew from a suggestion made to Harrison by pediatrician Dr. Robert Vanderlin in the early 1960s. According to Harrison, Betsy Rider was also instrumental in founding the original support group for moms. They invited new moms, nursing moms and moms-to-be to the monthly evening meetings which covered a relevant topic from pregnancy to weaning. “The wonderful thing about this group was that we had people from every socioeconomic range with different reasons for choosing breastfeeding,” said Harrison.

The regular meetings and range of topics birthed an idea for developing a booklet as a guide for mothers entitled, “You Can Nurse Your Baby!” Harrison and Rider worked with three other women to write the booklet, which included helpful information such as what to expect during pregnancy, during the hospital stay and after returning home. The booklet was reviewed by Dr. Vanderlin and Dr. Philip Nelson (OB/GYN) and approved by the Lycoming County Medical Society for distribu
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