20 Texas Hospitals Chosen to Pioneer a State Project to Improve Breastfeeding Rates
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers. Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding, only 13.7 percent of Texas mothers exclusively breastfeed for six months. To help reverse this trend, United Regional dedicated resources to implement a program to emphasize the importance of breastfeeding to new moms.
As part of its emphasis, United Regional applied for and was selected as one of the first hospitals in the state to participate in a five-year quality improvement project to support breastfeeding. A group of 20 hospitals/facilities have joined together in The Texas Ten Step Star Achiever Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative, which aims to help birthing facilities create environments that will increase the percentage of breastfeeding, with the goal of exclusive breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding provides the best start in life for infants. Although so many women want to breastfeed their infants, too few women succeed. This project will help hospitals give mothers and their infants a greater chance at success. What these hospitals learn will help other hospitals across the state achieve greater and greater success.
United Regional encourages mothers to breastfeed, exclusively. Why? Breast milk promotes better health and it provides more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
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