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Baby boom causes hospital to offer more services to new mothers

An influx of baby's being born is causing hospitals to increase their services to new moms. (Source: WAFF) An influx of baby's being born is causing hospitals to increase their services to new moms. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Decatur Morgan Hospital is seeing more and more babies being born. And the staff there is offering more help for new moms.

They are not only busy with newborns, but busy teaching new moms everything they can, especially about lactation.  

"We are either feast or famine. The last two weeks we have been feasting. Lots and lots of babies and we are super excited about all that. The busier the better," said Erin Rigoni, who is a lactation expert.

Rigoni said they do offer lactation services at the hospital.

"The main thing I like my mamas to know is that sometimes, even in the hospital, everything goes great and when you go home you run into baby either not feeding or a poor weight gain," Rigoni said.

That's where your hometown hospital can help.

"You just come to the hospital, and we just schedule a time and we can work on our problem," she said. "Cause we want our mamas to nurse their babies as long as they want to."

And there is a lot for new mothers to learn such as the fact that milk changes by the hour and day.

"If my baby goes around and say licks on this counter top, and then they come back and they nurse with their mother, those little germs were going to come back and get into mama's blood stream and within 15 minutes that mama is making antibodies, so not only is my mama getting benefits, my baby is too," Rigoni said.

Many women don't realize the long-term effects breastfeeding can have. Rigoni said that the longer mothers nurse, the chance of getting female-related cancers decreases. 

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