We are a ‘baby friendly’ accredited facility. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
Fort HealthCare and other hospitals and birthing centers must comply with the following guidelines for the implementation of the U.S. baby friendly hospital initiative:
Many of these initiatives have always been routine at Fort HealthCare. To achieve all of these guidelines, Fort HealthCare developed high performance work teams to build additional leadership skills among staff, promote employee pride, and improve health outcomes for families in the community. For more information, visit BabyFriendlyUSA.org.
With help from our lactation consultant specialists, 80-90 percent of mothers begin breastfeeding their babies shortly after birth. Bedside consultant services help new moms recognize feeding cues and share breastfeeding positions and techniques.
Studies have shown that 91% of mothers who deliver their babies at our birthing center are successfully breastfeeding at both two and five weeks after birth. Mothers are provided with patient and helpful instruction at their bedside while in the hospital, and after they’ve gone home, moms can come back and see our lactation consultants by appointment.
Contact a lactation consultant by calling (920) 568-5396.
Last Thursday of the Month
4:30 – 6 p.m. / Fort Memorial Hospital – OB Classroom
There are many reasons why breastfeeding is good for your baby:
Breastfeeding is good for babies, but it also provides the following benefits for mothers:
At Fort HealthCare, breastfeeding is discussed all throughout pregnancy, and more information is presented both in person and through our childbirth preparation classes. Feel free to ask questions or for more information at any time.
Like most decisions for first-time mothers, purchasing a breast pump can be a daunting task. For women who deliver at Fort Memorial Hospital or use a Fort HealthCare physician for their infant care, we offer breast pumps for sale at-cost, meaning there is no markup like there is at big box stores.
Access to a breast pump is critical to continue breastfeeding when mothers return to work or are caring for a premature infant. Many mothers prefer the freedom pumping offers, allowing others to feed the baby, or they simply choose to pump and bottle-feed. Whatever the reason, having a breast pump is a wonderful option for mothers who wish to provide breast milk for their babies.
Effective January 1, 2013, health insurance companies are REQUIRED to cover breast pumps, so check with your plan to see what their requirements are. Further, breast pumps are an eligible flex spending expense.