Hospital Ranks Highly in Promoting, Supporting Breastfeeding
New Britain [November 14 2008] -
According to a national survey, The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Family BirthPlace is tops when it comes to promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
The hospital scored above state and national averages for quality practice in infant nutrition and care, according to the 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care(mPINC).
Nationwide, 2,690 birth facilities (including hospitals and other facilities) completed the survey.
“Breastfeeding has been shown to have numerous health benefits for babies,” says Jill Lombardi, R.N., director of the Ferdinand Sauer, M.D. Family BirthPlace. “We work tirelessly to promote breastfeeding whenever possible and provide the education and support new mothers need. We’re pleased that the CDC survey results validate our efforts and will use results to guide our ongoing improvement activities.”
The Family BirthPlace scored 96 percent in the “breastfeeding assistance category,” which measures how many patients are breastfeeding or intend to; how many receive advice and instructions about breastfeeding; and other aspects of care.
The Family BirthPlace scored 93 percent in the “feeding of breastfed infants” category, which measures what percent of infants receive breast milk as their first feeding after uncomplicated births.
The hospital also scored above state and national averages in other categories, including labor and delivery care; staff training; and structural and organizational aspects of care delivery, such as breastfeeding policies and procedures.
Two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide breastfeeding education, assessments, support and other services for patients and staff at the Family BirthPlace. In addition, the hospital offers a Breastfeeding Support Center with a toll-free line and a Mother’s Milk support group for nursing mothers.
Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366
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