Largest California Hospital in 2014 to recieve this recognition
Baby-Friendly USA, recently announced that Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this international award identifies birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Breastfeeding benefits for babies include:
- Reducing "colds" or respiratory infections
- Protecting against asthma
- Reducing the chance of diarrhea and bowel infections
- Decreasing bladder infections
- Protecting against "crib death" or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Mothers who breastfeed their babies fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothes sooner; their uterus returns to pre-pregnant state faster; they restore needed minerals that results in stronger bones and protection from osteoporosis; reduces risk of ovarian and/or breast cancer; decreases risk of postpartum depression; and save money not having to buy formula.
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 milk warmers right beside the NICU beds – we’re making every effort to provide all babies born here with breast milk.
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.
Source: Baby-Friendly USA