Virginia Department of Health Awards Bon Secours Hospitals with Breastfeeding-Friendly Designations
The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding. The five star program awards a star for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Bon Secours offers lactation consultants who are specially trained and certified to assist mothers with breastfeeding preparation and learning successful breastfeeding skills. They can often make the difference for a positive, long-lasting breastfeeding experience. Rooming-In allows families to keep their baby with them throughout their stay in the hospital. Evidence shows that Rooming-In has many benefits including better breastfeeding, early response to hunger cues, higher milk production, increased confidence in going home, safe sleep practice, and more sleep for everyone.
In an effort to enhance bonding between parents and newborns and to support breastfeeding, Bon Secours practices “Magic Hour.” Barring any unusual medical needs immediately following delivery, nurses dry infants and place them skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest, allowing precious time for bonding and breastfeeding. Breastfed babies will nurse better when placed skin-to-skin on the mother immediately following birth.
An awards ceremony will take place at the annual in-person learning session of the Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative. The Collaborative works with Virginia’s birth facilities on quality improvement in maternity care practices to protect, promote and support safe and effective infant feeding and care.
To learn more about Bon Secours labor and delivery options, visit: https://bonsecours.com/richmond/our-services/womens-services/birth-and-parenting.