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August is National Breastfeeding Month

August 15, 2012
(Atlanta, GA) -- August 14, 2012-- A new report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows that breastfeeding rates are increasing across the nation. This is good news, as breastfeeding is widely recognized as the healthiest choice for both baby and mother.

DeKalb Medical is doing its part to keep the momentum going by joining Best Fed Beginnings, a national project to improve maternity practices in hospitals in the United States to better support a mother’s choice to breastfeed. The project is led by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), through a collaborative funding agreement with the CDC.

We are marking the occasion of National Breastfeeding Month by announcing DeKalb Medical’s intention to become designated as “Baby-Friendly.” This designation means that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as established in the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. 

DeKalb Medical is committed to making these changes and we look forward to feedback from our patients as we embark on this journey together.

“One of the reasons moms choose to deliver their babies at DeKalb Medical is because of the internationally-recognized breastfeeding and lactation support programs that we offer before, during and after childbirth. We are excited to participate in the Best Fed Beginnings partnership,” says Margie Hunter, RN, executive director, Women & Infants Services, DeKalb Medical.

For more information about DeKalb Medical’s commitment to becoming Baby-Friendly, please contact Jamie Ray, RN, IBCLC, manager, Obstetric Community Education 404.501.3050.

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat patients. Having attained the highest possible national ranking for overall orthopedic services from HealthGrades® in 2011, we are also a leader in cancer and heart attack treatment. Growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961, DeKalb Medical Physicians and our non-profit health system push beyond everyday to excel in patient satisfaction, service and clinical quality.

Media Contact: Tori Vogt, MBA, tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org, 404.501.2885.

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