What are the benefits of breastfeeding? How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? How do I increase my milk supply? How can I pump and store breast milk?

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital now offers a free breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers to share and learn about breastfeeding in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Cy-Fair Hospital Professional Building 1, classroom 2, which is located at 11302 Fallbrook Drive. Discussions are led by Jocelyn Possehl, lactation consultant at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The support group is not exclusive to hospital patients and welcomes all expectant and new mothers.

“These meetings are a wonderful opportunity for expectant mothers to talk with breastfeeding mothers, and for everyone to learn about breastfeeding basics and share their breastfeeding experiences,” says Possehl. “Breastfeeding not only creates a strong bond between mother and child, but also has many benefits. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your baby grow into a healthy toddler. Mothers who breastfeed may have a reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes, postpartum depression, and breast or ovarian cancers.”

Support group discussions cover a variety of breastfeeding topics, such as returning to work, overcoming challenges, breastfeeding in public, and starting solids and breast feeding. New mothers are encouraged to bring their babies; classes are organized by the age of the infant, from newborn to six months. For more information about the free support group, call 281-897-3334 or visit Support Group.