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Contact Name

Chris Jepson

Phone Number

505-395-6455

Contact Email

cjepson@grmc.org

Address

1313 E. 32nd St.
Silver City, NM
88061

County

Grant

(Grant, Hidalgo, Catron, and Luna Counties)
Chris Jepson
cjepson@grmc.org
(575) 313-5817

Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council meets every third Friday at noon at La Clinica, on the corner of Ridge Loop Road and 32nd Street. For over 20 years this group has planned and implemented innovative ways to promote breastfeeding by supporting moms, babies, and families, and educating our medical and general community. We attend health fairs,sponsor medical provider trainings, participate in breastfeeding celebrations, submit breastfeeding-related news articles, collaborate with hospitals and medical offices, and applaud breastfeeding friendly businesses. Any interested community members are welcome. Call 538-4676 for more information.

Grant County, NM Breastfeeding Support
https://www.facebook.com/groups/297525007097009/

The next meetings taking place at La Clinica (on the corner of Ridge Loop Road and 32nd Street, up from the hospital) in April are as follows:
-Friday, April 1, 10:30-Noon-       Mom and Baby Gathering
-Friday, April 22, 10:30-noon-      Mom and Baby Gathering
                                Noon-1:00-         Southwest New Mexico Breatfeeding Council
(this second date is a change from the 3rd Friday as Mary Gruszka and I will not be in town)

 

World Breastfeeding Week

 

The World Breastfeeding Week celebration at the Volunteer Center Commons on Saturday, August 6 was a sweet success with 65 people in attendance! This event was put on by the Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council in collaboration with GRMC's First Born Program and Maternal Child Department, and La Clinic Birth and Health Center to celebrate families' breastfeeding commitments and to provide continuing support and promotion of breastfeeding .
 
We had donated art provided for a silent auction and raised over $200 for the SWNM Breastfeeding Council.  We had 39 incredible, gorgeous, funny and lovely photo entries in the Positive Breastfeeding Images Photo Contest! And the winners are....
 
You Can Breastfeed Anywhere:
1st place-Natalia Ferguson
2nd place-Kristin Lundgren
 
Get Breastfeeding Started Right Away, Don't Delay:
1st place tie-Laura Salvatore & Janelle King 2nd place-Ariel Archer
 
Breastfeeding is a Family Affair:
1st place-Naomi Clancy & Rachel Hines
2nd place-Melissa Brashear
 
Breastfeeding is Beautiful:
1st place-Miranda Semmerling
2nd place-Cassie Ogas
 
We appreciate the support from the whole community! Come to our next Southwest NM Breastfeeding Council meeting on Friday, August 19, from noon until 1:00 at La Clinica.
 

Breastfeeding Success Brunch

On May 21st Gila Regional Medical Center’s Maternal Child Department and First Born Program hosted its bi-monthly Breastfeeding Success Brunch. Breakfast burritos from Mexico Viejo were enjoyed by the 32 people in attendance, including siblings and fathers joining in the celebration!  There were 39 families congratulated for breastfeeding their babies to at least 6 months! This group shared their inspiring stories of commitments to breastfeeding. GRMC employees Mary Gruszka, RN, IBCLC and Chris Jepson, RN, RD, IBCLC with Lactation Services hosted the celebration honoring  families’ decisions to feed their babies in the healthiest way possible.

The event is a time for families to share their stories about the first 6 months of their babies’ lives and about breastfeeding joys and challenges.  Attendees expressed their gratitude for the increased support they received at the hospital which helped them get off to the best start. Several mothers relayed that their breastfed babies were so healthy which gave them increased motivation to continue to breastfeed when it was sometimes challenging.

The Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council (SWNMBC) will meet on June17 from noon-1:00pm at La Clinica, 3201 Ridge Loop Rd, up the street from the hospital. Anyone interested in supporting, educating  and advocating for breastfeeding in our community is welcome. Mom and baby gatherings are held at La Clinica at 10:30, usually on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.

The SWNMBC is hosting a “Positive Breastfeeding Images” contest for World Breastfeeding Week in August. Entries are due by July 30th.For more information please contact the GRMC Lactation Program at 538-4676, First Born Program at 388-9708 ext 11 or La Clinica at 388-4251. You can learn more about support and local, national and global breastfeeding news by joining the Facebook page updated by a SWNMBC member:  Grant County NM  Breastfeeding Support https://www.facebook.com/groups/297525007097009/  or reading more on the NMBTF website www.breastfeedingnewmexico.org or Facebook page facebook.com/nmbfing

Photo:
Group 1: Back Row: Elizabeth Jimenez & Celestinito Lobato, Devan, Paige & Hazel Williams, Brittany, Reid & Paige DeMent, Lexa, Tule & Grace Dahl-Bredine, Yahira Vengegas & Donavan Carbajal, Stephen, Aryanai, Genevieve, & Chantyl Estrada
Group2: Front Row: Stephen Estrada, Shawn Vigil, Valente Lobato, Tusdai
Back Row: Genevieve, Aryani & Chantyl Estrada, Janelle, Saul & Logan Vigil, Elizabeth Jimenez, Celestinito & Celestino Lobato, Laura Sullivan & Donald III

The Push for Breastfeeding

Click here to listen to the the National Breastfeeding Month call-in show.

January 2016 

On January 16th Gila Regional Medical Center’s Maternal Child Department and First Born Program hosted its bi-monthly Breastfeeding Success Brunch. There were 13 people in attendance with siblings and fathers joining in the celebration!  There were 47 families congratulated for breastfeeding their babies to at least 6 months! This group shared their inspiring stories of commitments to breastfeeding. GRMC employees Mary Gruszka, RN, IBCLC and Chris Jepson, RN, RD, IBCLC with Lactation Services hosted the celebration. These celebrations continue to honor families’ decisions to feed their babies in the healthiest way possible.

All of the attendees shared experiences they’ve had with breastfeeding and workplace support. Several women were teachers and mentioned the particular challenges of keeping their milk supplies healthy during a school day. They also expressed appreciation for employers and co-workers supporting their needs with flexibility and creativity. One mother commended the hospital for providing a space where employees can pump during their work day. She acknowledged that this was a significant reason for her to continue employment with the hospital as she couldn’t be sure she would have that benefit at another workplace.

This spring the Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council (SWNMBC) is planning to host presenters from the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force (NMBTF) on workplace and breastfeeding advocacy. Anyone interested in hearing this presentation, or with recommendations for groups that would appreciate receiving more information on how workplaces can better support breastfeeding, please communicate with the contacts below.

The SWNMBC continues to meet on the 3rd Friday of the month from noon-1:00pm at La Clinica, 3201 Ridge Loop Rd, up the street from the hospital. The next Council meeting will be February 19th. Anyone interested in supporting, educating  and advocating for breastfeeding in our community is welcome. The SWNMBC also hosts a mom and baby gathering.  Interested mothers are welcome at La Clinica at 10:30 (note time change) on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Because January 1st was a holiday, there will be a gathering on January 30th and again February 5th and February 19th.

The SWNMBC is also hosting a “slogo” contest with the theme of “Fathers supporting breastfeeding.” We plan to use the winning logo and slogan on tee shirts, hats, maybe even tattoos!  There is a $20 MainStreet gift certificate for both the winning logo and the winning slogan. The deadline is March 18th (voting on March 25th at the SWNMBC monthly meeting and by email). Please submit entries to cjepson@grmc.org or  La Clinica.
For more information please contact the GRMC Lactation Program at 538-4676, First Born Program at 388-9708 ext 11 or La Clinica at 388-4251. You can learn more about support and local, national and global breastfeeding news by joining the Facebook page updated by a SWNMBC member:  Grant County NM  Breastfeeding Support https://www.facebook.com/groups/297525007097009/  or reading more on the NMBTF website www.breastfeedingnewmexico.org or Facebook page facebook.com/nmbfing

Photos:
0008-Josh Shields, Marissa Jaeger & Brinley Shields, Deandra & Emery Rivera, Alli & Jaxon Heneghan, Bre, Stone & Dakota Door

 

May 2014 Press Release

On May 3rd Gila Regional Medical Center’s Maternal Child Department and First Born Program hosted its 7th bi-monthly Breastfeeding Success Brunch. There were 7families in attendance with siblings and fathers joining in the celebration! There were over 30 families invited who had reached 6 months of breastfeeding! These celebrations demonstrate the changes in our community that have helped make breastfeeding the norm. Women expressed acknowledgment and appreciationfor the state and national laws that support women breastfeeding “anywhere the mother is authorized to be present.”  Support from family, friends, hospital personnel and medical providers who have accurate, current information regarding breastfeeding make a difference! Brianna Romo, present at this event, said that “having her baby skin to skin right after her cesarean birth really helped to get breastfeeding off on the right start.” She was grateful for the hospital staff that helped make that possible!Families shared the challenges and joys of breastfeeding and acknowledged the difference it makes when there is support in the community. Chris Jepson, RN, RD, CLC with the First Born Program and Mary Gruszka, RN, IBCLC hosted the celebration.On May 24 at 4:00 at the Blues Festival, any woman present with a breastfeeding baby is encouraged to come to the big tree by the restrooms and breastfeed to the blues! This will be a photo opportunity to continue encouraging our community to support breastfeeding women wherever they are! The next Breastfeeding Success Brunch will be held on July 19. For more informationplease contact the GRMC Lactation Program at 538-4676 or First Born Program at 388-9708 ext 11. If you are interested in being involved in breastfeeding advocacy in our community, please call one of the numbers above. The Southwest New Mexico Breastfeeding Council is happy to have new members!

                           

                           

Region

Southwest