Stork's Landing at Delta Hospital Receives Breastfeeding Award

The Colorado Can DO 5 B.E.S.T. (Breastfeeding Excellence Starts Today) award was given to Delta County Memorial Hospital's OB Department by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at a recent Colorado Breastfeeding Summit in Denver, CO. This award, at the first ever summit in Denver dedicated to breastfeeding, acknowledges Stork's Landing, (the DCMH Obstetrics Department) for successfully implementing five proven practices supportive of breastfeeding.

The five best practices implemented at Stork's Landing at DCMH are:
The infant is breastfed in the first hour after birth.
The infant is fed only breast milk in the hospital.
The infant stays in the same room with the mother in the OB Department,
    Stork's Landing.
The infant does not use a pacifier in the hospital.
OB Department staff give each mother a telephone number to call for help with
    breastfeeding after being discharged from the hospital.

There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both mothers and babies. Making changes at DCMH's Obstetrics Department in maternity care practices has shown to significantly increase breastfeeding rates and that is the primary reason why the five best practices were instituted. One of the goals of DMCH's Stork's Landing is to encourage evidence based policy and practice change to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.

"We are accomplishing this as we emphasize staff and physician education specific to breastfeeding, which will assist us to be accurate and consistent with patient education" commented Krista Lewis, manager of Stork's Landing. "In order to make our mothers as successful as possible with their breastfeeding goals, we consistently review up to date breastfeeding research and best practices," she added.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, supporting mothers in their breastfeeding efforts is an effective and inexpensive early intervention for the prevention of obesity. By 2016 this Colorado department's goal is to increase the percentage of mothers who report breastfeeding their infants up to 65%, up from the current percentage of 61%.

Stork's Landing encourages expectant mom's and families to explore the advantages of breastfeeding. For questions please call the Obstetrics Department at Delta County Memorial Hospital at (970) 874-2255.