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East Alabama Medical Center Awarded Baby-Friendly Status

East Alabama Medical Center Awarded Baby-Friendly Status

I’m happy to announce that East Alabama Medical Center was awarded Baby-friendly status in March of this year. It has been a long journey for the employees and they have worked very hard. I’m so proud of the changes they have been made and the level of care that they continue to increase. These changes with help create a healthier community.

This is not the end though. EAMC has become partners with another local hospital. That means that in the next 5 years all the work that was done at EAMC will need to be repeated for the other hospital. I’m excited for these changes and ready for the challenge. This hospital is no where close to the level EAMC was at when they started, but I know they can get the 10 steps implemented.

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!