Free breastfeeding workshops which will be held at Harlingen Medical Center
on June 29 and 30 will provide valuable information on the best nutrition
nature provides for newborn babies – as well as continuing education
credits for nurses.
The workshops are free and open to new mothers as well as nurses, social
workers, other health professionals. Participants can attend on one or
both days of the two-day event.
The first day of the workshop, on "Breastfeeding Management,"
will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and will
include six continuing education credits for nurses.
The second day of the workshop, on "Breastfeeding the Compromised
Infant" (such as breastfeeding premature babies) will be held on
Thursday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and include four contact hours
The workshops will be held in Harlingen Medical Center's Medical Office
Building (MOB) Conference Room, 5005 S. Expressway 77 (in the building
closest to the Expressway, outside the hospital, on the first floor, behind
the elevators). The event is sponsored by the Texas Department of State
Priscilla Claudio, RN, IBCLC, and Jenny Diaz, RNC, IBCLC, Breastfeeding
Educators at Harlingen Medical Center, who have been certified by the
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, cited studies which
have shown that breast milk helps protect newborn babies from various
health conditions. In addition, Ms. Claudio said that breastfeeding promotes
closeness between mom and baby.
"We encourage mothers to breast feed, and we teach them about what
we call skin-to-skin breastfeeding with their baby," Ms. Diaz said.
"The purpose of skin-to-skin is to encourage breastfeeding by placing
the baby on mom's chest area as soon as possible after birth. This
also helps to make the bonding closer between mom and baby."
New mothers can also learn about breastfeeding in advance (before their
baby is born) by attending free childbirth preparation classes held at
Harlingen Medical Center, which Ms. Claudio teaches, on the last Saturday
morning of every month, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, also in the HMC MOB Conference Room.
To learn more about the breastfeeding and childbirth classes, and the Women's
Center at Harlingen Medical Center, please call (956) 365-1139, or visit
For more information or to register for the upcoming breastfeeding workshops,
please contact Barbara Disbennett, Education Coordinator at Harlingen
Medical Center, at (956) 365-1034; or e-mail