BACH’s Mom & Me Breastfeeding Support Group Resumes – Clarksville Online

Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) breastfeeding support group, Mom & Me, has resumed in-person meetings, Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the health clinic women.

Mom & Me offers breastfeeding mothers of infants ages birth to 12 months weekly access to hospital lactation counsellors, without the need for an appointment. Moms can discuss their concerns and track their baby’s growth.




“It’s also an opportunity for mums to meet other nursing or breastfeeding mums, allowing them to develop peer-to-peer relationships for mutual support,” said Mom & Me co-facilitator Ms. Lesli Eiland, Registered and Certified Lactation Nurse. consultant who works within the BACH Mother-Child Unit.

“It’s good. Mainly for me, to meet other moms and make sure he’s still on track with his weight,” said Pfc. Jacqueline Kerchner, a Mom & Me participant who attends with her four month old son.

Upon arrival at Mom & Me, each week, participants check their baby’s weight before the feed and again after the feed to get an idea of ​​how much breast milk their baby is getting.

“They can see that their baby has gained weight, which is reassuring. They can also see how much milk the baby took during that particular feed, which can boost their confidence in their choice to breastfeed their baby,” Eiland said.

Weekly weight checks during Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's breastfeeding support group, Mom & Me, allow breastfeeding mothers to monitor their baby's growth.  The group meets every Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the BACH Women's Health Clinic, offering breastfeeding mothers of infants, birth to 12 months, weekly access to the hospital's lactation counselors without an appointment. you.
Weekly weight checks during Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s breastfeeding support group, Mom & Me, allow breastfeeding mothers to monitor their baby’s growth. The group meets every Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the BACH Women’s Health Clinic, offering breastfeeding mothers of infants, birth to 12 months, weekly access to the hospital’s lactation counselors without an appointment. you.

Kerchner agreed.

“His weight has been a struggle, so it’s nice to know he’s eating,” Kerchner said.


After comparing her baby’s weight before and after the feeding during the group, co-facilitator Ms. Audrey Sundbye, BACH’s Certified Outpatient Lactation Consultant, determined that Kerchner’s baby ate four ounces during her feeding at Mom & Me, and his
body weight has increased from the 17th to the 22nd percentile on her infant growth chart since her last appointment.

The group had been on hiatus since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was recently given the green light to resume with specific COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

Group attendance is currently limited to mums and their babies, ages 12 months and under. Participants must be free of COVID-19 infection, recent exposure to COVID, or COVID-like symptoms when attending a group meeting. Due to social distancing requirements, the group is unable to accommodate siblings and guests, at this time, to allow maximum attendance for nursing mothers seeking assistance.

Fort Campbell Child and Youth Services provides short-term paid child care for up to three hours at a time for parents who may need child care for their siblings. Parents must pre-register their child at CYS Fort Campbell before they can register for hourly child care. To register, visit https://campbell.armymwr.com/programs/parent-central-services.

“Breastfeeding is good for moms. It lowers their risk of ovarian cancer, lowers their risk of breast cancer and also helps them recover faster after childbirth. For babies, they have a decrease in allergies, decreased childhood obesity later in life, decreased infections, and decreased risk of asthma later in life,” Eiland explained.

Breastfeeding support personnel at military treatment centers or through TRICARE are available to help military members and other TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select recipients achieve their breastfeeding or lactation goals. Beneficiaries can also meet individually with a lactation consultant during an appointment.


” We are here to help you. Our job is to give mothers the tools to be as successful as possible in their breastfeeding journey,” said Eiland.

Mom & Me meets every Monday, except federal holidays.

For the latest information from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, please visit our website at https://blanchfield.tricare.mil

Virginia S. Braud