Breastfeeding rate reaches 96.5%.
LANCASTER, PA, July 15, 2014 — Two years ago, 69 percent of mothers who gave birth at Lancaster General Health’s Women & Babies Hospital choose to breastfed their babies exclusively. Today that number is up to 96.5 percent, the result of an intensive and united effort by nurses and physicians to educate parents about the benefits of breastfeeding.
That teamwork earned Women & Babies Hospital recognition as the first in Pennsylvania to become a Baby-Friendly® Designated hospital. In July, WBH distinguished itself as one of 193 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States; there are more than 20,000 worldwide.
“Our phenomenal, two-year effort to attain this distinctive and important designation required collaboration throughout our health system and our physician practices,” said Thomas E. Beeman, PhD, FACHE, CEO & President of LG Health. “Together, we worked to ensure WBH and its partners provided our mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.”
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