HRH Highlights World Breastfeeding Week, Month in August
As Missouri’s only Baby-Friendly™ facility, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Health as the state experts on breastfeeding and asked to share their expertise with other hospitals in the state. With their expertise, the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center team is supporting national goals of improving the health of U.S. citizens. The U.S. Surgeon General, as well as a White House Task Force and the U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 objectives, have called for more education regarding the benefits of breastfeeding in order to foster healthier communities.
Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Chris Coons Women’s Care Center has achieved higher breastfeeding rates than the average at Missouri hospitals. Patient satisfaction rates have increased through support for new breastfeeding moms and their families on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding while they are in the hospital and after they go home.
Chris Coons Women’s Care Center offers twice-weekly breastfeeding support groups, held in the OB classroom on Mondays at 5 pm and Wednesdays at 10 am. Reservations are not required and all breastfeeding moms are welcome, regardless of where their child was born. Women’s Care also offers a breastfeeding Warmline- 573-406-2122 - which breastfeeding mothers can call anytime day or night for assistance with breastfeeding.
The Baby-Friendly initiative has the goal of increasing awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding in order to foster better health for babies and ultimately better health for our community. Baby-Friendly is a worldwide effort of UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Hannibal Regional Hospital achieved the Baby-Friendly designation in 2009. Fewer than 4% of hospitals nationwide have achieved this designation which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
For more information on the Chris Coons Women’s Care Center at Hannibal Regional Hospital or on breastfeeding, please call 573-406-5170.