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

tion to local doctors’ offices and hospitals. Later, and as a regular practice, WNMG moms offered the booklet as a resource when they visited new moms at Williamsport Hospital (now Williamsport Regional Medical Center) and Divine Providence Hospital to help coach them in the art and science of nursing their babies. But the greatest impact the group made, according to Harrison, was contributing to “success in breastfeeding for many women who might have otherwise gotten discouraged.”

“I thought it was really wonderful that we had a group like this that started here in Williamsport and what a great opportunity it would be to have these moms join us at Baby Café,” said McCullen. “A few of the women from the original group hadn’t seen one another for years. It was a time of reuniting for them, while they shared with our new moms how some things have changed over the years, yet some things remain the same.” The WNMG moms shared stories about an era when little support was available for breastfeeding moms. “What they seemed to find most helpful at that time was to reach out to each other,” McCullen explained.

Last year, SH’s New Mothers Support Group grew into Baby Café, a weekly discussion group for new and experienced moms to exchange tips about breastfeeding, obtain support or discuss parenting concerns with other moms. The group is facilitated by a board certified lactation consultant and meets in a safe, relaxed and child-friendly environment. Groups are held at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center and James V. Brown Library.

Becky McKeirnan has attended the Baby Café group for about a year, following the birth of her son in July 2012. “I had some initial trouble with breastfeeding, so [Baby Café] was nice because I needed the help. It was also great to meet other people who were breastfeeding, because I didn’t know many who did,” she said. McKeirnan explained that one benefit of the group is that it provides a non-thre
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