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University of Vermont Health Network Develops Breastfeeding Program

The Alice T. Miner Women & Children's Center at The University of Vermont Health Network—Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) developed a successful breastfeeding program that will have long-lasting benefits for the entire community. Understanding breastfeeding’s profound health benefits, the staff re-committed itself to promoting this gold standard of baby nutrition.

With the help of community partners, CVPH created a support network that begins with breastfeeding education for expectant parents and continues at the mother/baby unit postpartum. In 2012, an outpatient lactation clinic opened with two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) offering clinic visits and telephone consults mostly on an outpatient basis. The Nature’s Way Baby Café opened in 2015 and serves as the community’s center for breastfeeding families, providing a safe, comfortable environment for mothers to breastfeed and learn from each other and lactation consultants.

The results of these efforts are dramatic and gratifying. More babies are being breastfed within the first hour of life and continue to be breastfeed at home.