The Union Hospital Maternity Care Center, along with other maternity centers in Ohio, is taking steps to promote its support of successful breastfeeding.
The “Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies” is a voluntary breastfeeding designation program through the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that recognizes maternity centers in Ohio for taking steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organization.
In partnership with the Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance and the Ohio Lactation Consultants Association, the Ohio First Steps program is recognizing facilities – including Union Hospital’s Maternity Care Center – with the “Maternity Care Best Practice Award” for 2017. This recognition indicates a facility’s commitment to best practices by choosing to not distribute infant formula or formula company-sponsored sample packs.
In addition to this commitment, the Union Hospital Maternity Care Center is providing information and hospital practices supporting breastfeeding and the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program. Information is available on the Maternity Center pages on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org.
“It is our hope that Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies will prompt our leaders and employees to have thoughtful conversations in the hospitals about the benefits of breastfeeding in order to educate patients and the community,” said Lauren Lipinski, the Lactation Consultant at Union Hospital. “The support a new mother receives from hospital employees and leaders can impact her decision to breastfeed. Increasing the number of breastfed newborns can lead to a decrease in the likelihood for future health conditions for the child such as asthma, diabetes and obesity.”
More information about the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program is available at www.ohiohospitals.org/ohiofirststeps.
Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).