Lodi Memorial scores high for infant feeding practices

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sleeping babyLODI — Lodi Memorial Hospital’s Maternal Child department recently received high marks for its infant feeding practices, the hospital announced Friday.

The department scored 93 out of 100 for data submitted in 2015 for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey.

“Lodi Memorial Hospital sees breastfeeding as a community priority because it provides the optimal nutrition for infants and gets babies the healthy start they need, in addition to providing health benefits to mothers,” said Maternal Child Services Director Valerie Stump. “It is important to our dedicated team of nurses and lactation consultants that Lodi Memorial continue to strengthen the breastfeeding culture to support mothers and babies. This survey proves that our efforts are successful for our patients.”

Lodi Memorial earned perfect scores (100 percent) for labor-and-delivery care, breastfeeding assistance, mother-infant contact, staff training and structural and organizational aspects of care delivery.

In 2014, Lodi Memorial Hospital earned its Baby-Friendly designation, which promotes best practices in infant care, including breastfeeding education, a focus on skin-to-skin contact and rooming in – the practice of keeping mother and child together in the same room throughout their hospital stay. Lodi Memorial also has a weekly support group for breastfeeding moms to continue support once they are discharged.

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