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White Plains Hospital Provides Breastfeeding Support

The first weeks after giving birth can be daunting for any new mother. To assist postpartum women who have been discharged from the hospital and are struggling with breastfeeding during their babies’ first month of life, White Plains Hospital initiated the Breastfeeding Support Group. The group is a non-judgmental place for new mothers to share their experiences and to address a broad range of infant feeding issues. The goal of this initiative is to increase the proportion of babies who are breastfed and to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in breastfeeding rates.

White Plains Hospital has seen a consistent increase in the percentage of exclusively breastfed babies in the hospital, jumping from 67.5% in 2015 to 76.8% in 2016; the numbers are consistent with data from the Healthy People 2020 goal to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed. Patient satisfaction surveys are returned with positive feedback and, since 2011, the mother/baby unit has scored in the top 10% of the nation.

For more information, contact Ann Cunillera, R.N., B.S.N., I.B.C.L.C., at acunillera@wphospital.org