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St. Mary’s recognized for good infant nutrition through breastfeeding

July 26, 2011
Naturally and simply are often the best ways of doing things. That’s especially true when it comes to feeding infants, says Yvonne Finch, RN. Finch is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who works at St. Mary’s Hospital helping new moms and babies begin breastfeeding as soon as possible.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently recognized St. Mary’s for its encouragement and assistance to mothers in breastfeeding their newborns. Called the “Colorado Can Do 5! B.E.S.T. [Breastfeeding Excellence Starts Today] Award, the honor recognized the hospital for supporting the five best practices to encourage the healthy practice of breastfeeding. These practices include starting breastfeeding within an hour of birth, feeding infants only breast milk, allowing mothers and babies to remain together around the clock, not using pacifiers, and providing support for new moms.

Humans, and indeed all mammals, have an ingenious method for providing excellent nourishment to their offspring, Finch explains. “At St. Mary’s we do everything we can to help interested moms get their babies off to a good start by breastfeeding.”

The best for baby–breastfeeding:
· provides ideal nutrition
· aids in baby’s digestion
· contains infection-fighting antibodies
· linked to lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity
· reduces the risk of developing some illnesses

And for mom:
·linked to lower risk of developing some cancers and postpartum depression
· fewer doctor visits because breastfed babies are sick less often
· no expensive formula and supplies to buy
· helps moms heal faster and lose “baby weight" quicker