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BREAST IS BEST: INCREASING BREASTFEEDING THROUGH INNOVATIVE INTERVENTIONS

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Women & Children's Division, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Other

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

The JPS Breastfeeding project aims to increase breastfeeding amongst mothers who deliver at JPS and at other facilities by providing resources and education. The objective is to significantly impact maternal and child health with physical and psychological support and encouragement to meet defined breastfeeding goals. The convenience, ease, and financial benefits of breastfeeding are explained by Certified Lactation Consultants and breastfeeding educators. The benefits of breastfeeding include protection for newborns against allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome; it has been shown that breastfeeding also reduces infant mortality. Since October 2013, 4,936 new mothers who delivered at JPS have received home and/or outpatient visits that are conducted by Certified Lactation Consultants and Community Health Workers. Innovative interventions to increase breastfeeding include the provision of breast pumps to mothers who exclusively breastfeed during their hospital stay, together with offering donor milk to mothers who desire to exclusively breastfeed but are having difficulty achieving their goal during their hospital stay. The importance of consistency in staff approach and messaging is emphasized during the program and reinforced with training for employees at four-hour breastfeeding boot camp sessions. Through these interventions, JPS aims to improve the health of both mothers and babies from infancy and beyond.

Scientific Abstract

The JPS Breastfeeding project aims to increase breastfeeding amongst mothers who deliver at JPS and at other facilities by providing resources and education. The objective is to significantly impact maternal and child health with physical and psychological support and encouragement to meet defined breastfeeding goals. The convenience, ease, and financial benefits of breastfeeding are explained by Certified Lactation Consultants and breastfeeding educators. The benefits of breastfeeding include protection for newborns against allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome; it has been shown that breastfeeding also reduces infant mortality. Since October 2013, 4,936 new mothers who delivered at JPS have received home and/or outpatient visits that are conducted by Certified Lactation Consultants and Community Health Workers. Innovative interventions to increase breastfeeding include the provision of breast pumps to mothers who exclusively breastfeed during their hospital stay, together with offering donor milk to mothers who desire to exclusively breastfeed but are having difficulty achieving their goal during their hospital stay. The importance of consistency in staff approach and messaging is emphasized during the program and reinforced with training for employees at four-hour breastfeeding boot camp sessions. Through these interventions, JPS aims to improve the health of both mothers and babies from infancy and beyond.

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BREAST IS BEST: INCREASING BREASTFEEDING THROUGH INNOVATIVE INTERVENTIONS

The JPS Breastfeeding project aims to increase breastfeeding amongst mothers who deliver at JPS and at other facilities by providing resources and education. The objective is to significantly impact maternal and child health with physical and psychological support and encouragement to meet defined breastfeeding goals. The convenience, ease, and financial benefits of breastfeeding are explained by Certified Lactation Consultants and breastfeeding educators. The benefits of breastfeeding include protection for newborns against allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and sudden infant death syndrome; it has been shown that breastfeeding also reduces infant mortality. Since October 2013, 4,936 new mothers who delivered at JPS have received home and/or outpatient visits that are conducted by Certified Lactation Consultants and Community Health Workers. Innovative interventions to increase breastfeeding include the provision of breast pumps to mothers who exclusively breastfeed during their hospital stay, together with offering donor milk to mothers who desire to exclusively breastfeed but are having difficulty achieving their goal during their hospital stay. The importance of consistency in staff approach and messaging is emphasized during the program and reinforced with training for employees at four-hour breastfeeding boot camp sessions. Through these interventions, JPS aims to improve the health of both mothers and babies from infancy and beyond.