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NICHQ Launches Unprecedented National Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbili...

Newborn child, seconds after birth. The umbilical cord has not yet been cut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.nichq.org/who_we_are/in_the_news.html?id=80

http://www.nichq.org/our_projects/cdcbreastfeeding_participating_teams.html

I’m so happy about our local hospital getting a grant to help them work on becoming baby friendly. The first link here is the press release and the second is the list of 90 hospitals across the nation getting the grants.

I have spoken once before about the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. A hospital taking the BFHI steps will help so many more Momma’s and babies get to have the wonderful bond and relationship of breastfeeding.

No breastfeeding is not always easy or beautiful and some times it does down right hurt (thanks to new teeth). I have never heard a woman say “I wish I had formula fed” but I have heard many say “I wish I would have”… “tried”…”not stopped”….”had milk” (don’t get me started on that one)….”know more and had more help”. When a hospital takes these steps to becoming a BFHI many of these statements and pit falls could be avoided by many.

My hope and wish is for every mother to at least try to breastfeed. I would love to see that the U.S. not only meet the goal of have 75% of babies born in the U.S. to start out breast feeding But to exceed that and have 90% of babies start out breastfeeding and 75% still exclusivity breastfed at 3 months. Now that is a goal to have!

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About Blessed Are The Mothers

My name is Lisa Horstkamp and I am a private practice lactation counselor and a Birth and bereavement Doula. I became a certified doula with stillbirthday as of October 2015. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) with The Healthy Children Project of April 2015. CLC Scope of practice: http://talpp.org/forms/scope%20of%20practice.pdf SBD Doula Principles of Service (Scope) http://www.stillbirthday.com/2011/11/15/principles-of-service/ I'm a southern woman born and bred. I am raising my "Southern Bell" and "bubba" the way I see fit. I started out breastfeeding my oldest but without good support I ended up using formula and not meeting my breastfeeding goal. I breastfed my youngest for 33 months, until he no longer requested, far out reaching my original goal of 6 months. It would not have been possible without the abundant support from my IBCLC and other breastfeeding moms in the support group at our local hospital. I'm on path to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in the next few years and looking forward to increasing support for my area.

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