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Can Do 5! Breastfeeding Award

We are proud recipients of the Can Do 5! breastfeeding award. There are many breastfeeding benefits for both moms and babies.

Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital have been recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for implementing best practices to support breastfeeding. 

They are proud to give new mothers the support they need to start and continue breastfeeding.

There are many breastfeeding benefits for both moms and babies. By implementing the following five best practices, MCR and PVH help moms give their babies a healthy start.

  1. The infant is breastfed in the first hour after birth.
  2. The infant is fed only breast milk in the hospital.
  3. The infant stays in the same room with the mother in the hospital.
  4. The infant does not use a pacifier in the hospital.
  5. Hospital staff gives each mother a telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding after being discharged from the hospital.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, supporting mothers in their breastfeeding efforts is an effective and inexpensive early intervention to the prevention of obesity, one of the state's Winnable Battles. By 2016, the department's goal is to increase the percentage of mothers who report some breastfeeding of their infants at 6 months of age from 61 percent to 65 percent.

As Baby-Friendly Hospitals, we are especially proud to be part of this important state-wide effort to promote breastfeeding.

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