Maryland hospitals sign on to help breastfeeding moms

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MD hospitals signed on to breastfeeding

Nine hospitals have expressed their intent to be certified as "Baby-Friendly":

  • Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Howard County General Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Medstar Harbor Hospital
  • Medstar St. Mary's Hospital
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

The following 23 hospitals have signed letters of commitment to follow the Maryland's Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations:

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Carroll Hospital Center
  • Memorial Hospital at Easton
  • Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Garrett County Memorial Hospital
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
  • Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Peninsula Regional Medical Center
  • Prince George's Hospital Center
  • Sinai Hospital
  • St. Agnes Hospital
  • Union Hospital of Cecil County
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (formerly Civista)
  • University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Washington Adventist
  • Western Maryland Health System

A summary of commitments from the 32 birthing hospitals are available on the DHMH website. Once these hospitals have fulfilled their stated intentions, they will receive the DHMH designation as a "Maryland Best Practice Hospital."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies receive nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months of life, and continue breastfeeding for the first year or longer. Babies who are breastfed have fewer respiratory and ear infections, and a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Breastfeeding also decreases their risk of becoming obese later in childhood. Moms who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Support for breastfeeding from healthcare systems, family and social networks, workplaces and employers, government and legislation provides a vital foundation for mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies and continue to do so to meet health care recommendations and personal goals.

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