Mercy Health-Lourdes Birthing will be adding breastfeeding classes to its roster of free education available to mothers.

The new class will take place on the third Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. in the Borders Community Room on the first floor of the Marshall Nemer Medical Office Building on the health care provider's campus. The first class is next week.

The new breastfeeding class will be led by the center's lactation consultant Natalie Orange.

Benefits to babies who are breastfed include protection against allergies and eczema, lower rates of respiratory infections, fewer urinary tract infections, fewer ear infections, less stomach upset/diarrhea and constipation, less risk of SIDS and protection against many diseases, including diabetes and lymphoma.

For information or to reserve a spot in the class, call 270-442-0103.

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