Jetmore – O’Shea Memorial Clinic in Jetmore has earned a four star Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation by the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. The entire staff at O’Shea Memorial Clinic has made a commitment to support and encourage the breastfeeding mothers that they see each day to reach their breastfeeding goals.

“The clinic staff has worked hard for this designation, and we are pleased to be recognized for the work we do to support breastfeeding mothers,” commented Dr. Kristie Clark, Pediatrician at O’Shea Memorial Clinic.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation was developed by the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition through a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund. The Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation includes several criteria such as having a breastfeeding friendly environment, educating staff and parents about breastfeeding, having office policies that support breastfeeding, and understanding community resources that are available for breastfeeding mothers.

Breastfeeding has been recognized by every major health organization as the normative standard in infant feeding, with both short and long-term important neurologic and developmental benefits. In Kansas, 84% of mother’s initiate breastfeeding after birth, but only 48% are still breastfeeding exclusively at 3 months. That number drops to just 25% when the baby is six months old 1 . Many women do not reach their breastfeeding goals, and Kansas physicians want to help mothers achieve their goals.

Of note, Dr. Kristie Clark enjoys meeting with expectant mothers prior to delivery, so that the new mother may decide if she would like to choose Dr. Kristie Clark as her baby’s Pediatrician. At this visit, the mother may ask questions, discuss any concerns she may have and discuss infant care, including breastfeeding. To schedule your prenatal consult with Dr. Kristie Clark, please call the O’Shea Memorial Clinic at 630-357- 8354.

Local Physicians create supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers