ELKINS — Davis Medical Center’s women’s health services is sponsoring a Lactation Station in the Elkins City Park to provide a private, comfortable space for nursing mothers during the Forest Festival.
“The West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance sponsored a lactation station at the West Virginia State Fair and we thought it was a super idea. Ciera James from the family birthing center jumped in to make it happen and with support of the health system and community partners, we’re going to have a really nice space for nursing mothers,” said DMC nurse midwife Morgan McKinney, CNM.
The station will be equipped with a refrigerator, electrical outlets, comfortable seating, microwave and a changing table. It will be open during the hours of the City Park festival activities.
“This is a unique way we can support breastfeeding mothers,” said DMC Family Birthing Center nurse Ciera James, RNC-OB. “The space will be secure and sanitary and has enough room for other siblings if needed. Instructions on how to access the Lactation Station will be available on-site.”
Community members who are helping make this possible include Judy Ritchie and Clayton Homes; Mountain State Structures; the West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance; and Davis Medical Center Women’s HealthCare/Family Birthing Center and Pediatrics.