Durham, NC –Duke Regional Hospital has received the North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation from the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Duke Regional was designated with four stars for its efforts in implementing policies and practices that support a breastfeeding-friendly environment for patients.
“For years we have been working on initiatives to encourage and support breastfeeding,” says Tammie Gullie, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Duke Regional Hospital. “Our goal is to educate new moms to help them make informed choices about how they feed their baby. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for their baby, and it offers health benefits for mom as well.”
The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding. Participating facilities in North Carolina earn a star for every two steps implemented.
Duke Regional helps women get breastfeeding off to a good start by adapting baby-friendly policies like helping mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour after birth, showing mothers how to breastfeed and having mothers and babies stay in the same hospital room.
Duke Regional was awarded as a three star-receiving hospital in 2012.