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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is Proud to be Baby Friendly.

6/5/2014

Earlier this year Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center received prestigious international recognition as Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. PVHMC has become the largest hospital in California to receive this recognition, and we are proud of it!  As said by Susan Miller, R.N., the Women’s Center nurse manager, “We are honored to be recognized for providing mothers and babies the best start possible.”

The award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

I believe that a birth facility is the most influential when it comes to a mother’s decision to breastfeed. Every year more and more women are deciding to breastfeed their babies. This outcome may be from the education they are receiving at hospitals like PVHMC.

The importance of breastfeeding a baby include: reducing “colds” or respiratory infections, protecting against asthma, reducing the chance of diarrhea and bowl infections, decreasing bladder infections, protecting against diabetes and protecting against SIDS.

Even though babies benefit from breastfeeding, mothers do too! Mothers who breastfeed their babies fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothes sooner. That alone is a big factor in breastfeeding. It also helps the uterus returns to pre-pregnancy state faster; they restore needed minerals that result in stronger bones and protection from osteoporosis. It reduces risk of ovarian and/ or breast cancer. Decreases risk of postpartum depression, and saves money not having to buy formula. 

PVHMC tries to secure the importance of breastfeeding to every new born baby. As best said by Miller, “Sometimes a mother cannot immediately begin breastfeeding because her baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but she can provide breast milk for her baby. We teach her how to pump and safely store her breast milk for later use. To support moms and their babies in this situation we have installed breast warmers right beside the NICU beds. We are making every effort to provide all babies born here with breast milk.” To add to that, thirty nurses also underwent advanced training to become Certified Lactation Educators. The training enabled our nurses to provide standardize teaching, coaching and support which ultimately leads to a successful breastfeeding experience for moms.
 
There is an immediate bond born between the mother and the child. I would almost describe it as sacred. I have friends who currently breastfeed their babies. They describe breastfeeding to be very challenging at first. But your body knows what is best for your child and will provide the nutrition needed for them to grow and be healthy.
 
If you have any comments or stories you would like to share about breastfeeding please share.  

Written by: Allie Guerra

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