August 5th, 2013

Maryland hospitals commit to increased support for breastfeeding mothers

By WMAR Staff

All of Maryland’s 32 birthing hospitals have committed to adopt the state’s Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations or become certified as “baby-friendly,” according to Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. “Breast milk is the optimal food for infants,” said Dr. Laura Herrera, DHMH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services in a statement. “Providing breastfeeding support to moms who choose to breastfeed after delivery is the first step in promoting the long-term health benefits of nursing.”

Maryland hospitals were encouraged to sign a letter of intent to become certified as ‘baby-Friendly’ as ‘Baby-Friendly’ through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative , or to follow the Maryland Hospital Breastfeeding Policy Recommendations as outlined by DHMH. 

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