Springfield hospitals buck trend, promote breastfeeding

Posted on: August 16, 2011

Few U.S. hospitals do enough to promote breastfeeding, federal health officials say.

But officials from Springfield’s two downtown hospitals say they are among the fewer than 4 percent that actually provide the full range of support for nursing mothers outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Our goal is to get the baby to breast within the first hour of life,” said Laura Ashbaugh, nurse manager over family maternity suites and pediatrics at Memorial Medical Center.

St. John’s Hospital made the additional effort of becoming certified by the World Health Organization as a ”Baby Friendly” hospital for breastfeeding in 1998.

For the complete article, by Dean Olsen, The State Journal-Register, click here.