August 2012   
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Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:  





Caring for Your Baby  



Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar 


Yoga for Cancer Survivors



Comfort Measures for Managing Labor 



Balanced Life Yoga 


Yoga for Cancer Survivors



Childbirth Preparation 



Birth to 10 Days 




August marks the observance of National Breastfeeding Month. The choice of breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding with formula is a personal one, dependent on your own thoughts and feelings. If you do choose to breastfeed your baby, St. Francis has award-winning Lactation Services to support you in your endeavor. Read on to learn more.


Breastfeeding Support for New Moms


Breastfeeding is usually something new moms both look forward to and have anxiety about. While it is completely natural, it doesn't always come easily. St. Francis supports new moms in every way to encourage breastfeeding from before the baby is born throughout the duration of the breastfeeding experience. 


Breastfeeding Benefits

Breast milk naturally nourishes your baby and provides him or her with unique nutritional and health benefits. Additional benefits include:  

  • Antibodies to strengthen baby's immune system, leading to less illnesses for your baby and lower health care costs
  • A reduced risk for the development of conditions such as diabetes, asthma, eczema, obesity, and high cholesterol
  • Fewer instances of vomiting and diarrhea
  • A possible lower risk of food allergies

Breastfeeding can help your own body recover from the stress of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  It can also lower your risk of developing breast cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis later in life.  Breastfeeding may also improve your ability to lose weight.

Lactation Services at St. Francis 

Many moms-to-be are a combination of excited and anxious about breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is an acquired skill requiring a lot of practice and patience, and the first few weeks can be challenging. At St. Francis, we offer lactation services to assist soon-to-be moms during pregnancy and new moms in the hospital and at home. Our Lactation Services are widely considered the best in the Upstate and have been recognized with the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants' Care Award. Our services include:  

  • Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes taught by Certified Lactation Consultants
  • Prenatal Breast Assessments
  • Inpatient Support with Certified Lactation Consultants
  • Outpatient Support, including phone consultations, with Certified Lactation Consultants
  • A Lactation Center that staffs a nursing bra fitting specialist and offers hard-to-find lactation items, such as Medela pumps, nursing gowns and bras, and other accessories
  • Breastfeeding Support Groups

The St. Francis Lactation Center, located on the 4th floor of ST. FRANCIS eastside, offers services and supplies designed to help breastfeeding mothers. New moms can call our Breastfeeding Phone Line Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm to speak one-on-one with a Consultant or participate in our breastfeeding support group to connect with other moms. To learn more, sign up for one of our breastfeeding classes or call 864-675-4215.  

Meet the Newest Addition to Bon Secours Medical Group

The Bon Secours Medical Group consists of outstanding physicians and specialists who work together to bring a special level of care to our patients. We are delighted to welcome Jessica L. Pollard, MD of Milestone Family Medicine to the St. Francis family! 



Ready, Set, Pack!


For lots of parents, back to school means a return to packing lunches. Remember to keep nutrition as important as convenience when packing for your kids. Here are some fresh options:

  • Cold grilled chicken strips with honey mustard for dipping
  • Sandwich made with whole grain bread, mustard and lean turkey
  • Grapes and cubed cheese instead of chips
  • Baby carrots and pepper strips with hummus for dipping
  • Lowfat milk or a bottle of water instead of sugary drinks

Our Registered Dietitians can create a customized healthy eating plan for your entire family. To learn more, call 864-675-4323.  



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