Report Says Hospitals Don’t Provide Enough Support for Breastfeeding Moms
Here at The Bump, we know that breastfeeding can be tough, which is why new moms need plenty of help during their first days with baby. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says US hospitals aren’t offering enough of it. The report says that only 4 percent of US hospitals provide a full range of breastfeeding support to new moms, only 14 percent of hospitals have a written breastfeeding policy and that almost 80 percent of hospital staffs give infants formula when it’s not medically needed. (That’s a not-so-great idea since formula can sometimes mess with mom and baby’s breastfeeding mojo.) Another sad stat: 75 percent of hospitals have limited support for follow-up visits, support groups and referrals after discharge -- something that would help plenty of new moms keep at it. So what does the CDC recommend? It says hospitals should implement a Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Program, partner with baby-friendly hospitals that display outstanding baby care and limit the distribution of formula samples to new breastfeeding moms.
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