New Report Suggests Hospital Support is Key to Increasing New Jersey’s Breastfeeding Rates
By Press Release Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 08:46 PM EDT
-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Receives Top Breastfeeding Rate in Bergen County-
(Englewood, NJ, October 9, 2013) – A new report from the New Jersey Department of Health makes the case for hospitals across the state to become the focus of efforts to increase breastfeeding among all new mothers.
Rates in the 2013 Breastfeeding and New Jersey Maternity Hospitals Comparative Report were based on documentation of infant feeding in the 24 hours prior to patient discharge from the hospital. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) has the highest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Bergen County.
“We are gratified to see the continued increase in our breastfeeding rates at The Medical Center,” said Teresa Mancuso, RN, MA, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant at EHMC. “We are proud of the collaborative efforts of our staff, as we strive to provide the highest level of quality care and support our patients to ensure that they achieve their breastfeeding goals."
According to the report, research has shown hospital policies and practices that specifically support breastfeeding have dramatically increased exclusive breastfeeding rates and improved the health of mothers and infants after discharge. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend babies receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of their lives to help prevent chronic illnesses and enhance early development.
The Family Birth Place at EHMC helps to educate parents about the benefits of breastfeeding. A group of dedicated lactation consultants, nurses, physicians and administrative staff of the maternity units also formed a Breastfeeding Task Force. The Task Force is charged with identifying barriers to a patient’s ability to breastfeed successfully and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.
"The group has been instrumental in our efforts to increase our exclusive breastfeeding rates,” said Mancuso. “We are excited to see that more and more of our patients are making every effort to exclusively breastfeed their babies. We support and encourage this very positive trend which will ultimately result in healthier babies and moms.”
The following pre/post natal resources are available to mothers who choose to breastfeed:
Prenatal Education: Prenatal childbirth classes and tours include an emphasis on strategies to ensure patient’s breastfeeding goals are supported and met. Education related to the available breastfeeding support services are also outlined at that time.
Breastfeeding Class: An educational session is offered covering the basics and rewards of breastfeeding, including how to breastfeed, the health benefits for mother and baby, and what parents can expect physically and emotionally with the breastfeeding experience.
Nursing Staff: The nurses are specially trained in assisting breastfeeding families. In addition, our initiatives of placing babies skin to skin with their mothers after delivery and our efforts to keep mothers and babies together as much as possible during their hospital stay, facilitates a successful breastfeeding experience.
Lactation Consultants: Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s) at EHMC are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. They assist breastfeeding mothers in the Family Birth Place during their hospital stay and also offer individualized teaching sessions in patient rooms.
Breastfeeding Support Warm Line: This helpline provides extended access to EHMC’s Lactation Consultants, who are available to address any questions or concerns after patients are discharged.
To learn more about these services, call Ines Serna at 201-894-3727. To view the extended list of Childbirth Education & Pre/Postnatal Wellness Classes, visitwww.englewoodhospital.com.