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Presbyterian Selected for Best-Fed Beginnings Program

August 1, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Hospital has been selected to participate in a 22-month learning collaborative to improve maternity care, support new moms in breastfeeding and increase the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals in the United States.

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chose 90 hospitals from across the country for its Best-Fed Beginnings program.

Presbyterian Hospital is the only hospital in New Mexico selected for the program from 235 applicants. The participating hospitals are located in 29 states where breastfeeding rates are currently the lowest. The program will focus on improving these rates and increasing the number of Baby-Friendly hospitals.

“Baby-Friendly” designation verifies that a hospital has comprehensively implemented the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as established in the World Health Organization and UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers, including a lower infant mortality rate and a decreased risk of breast cancer and diabetes in mothers. Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of U.S.-born babies are given formula within the first week, and by nine months, only 31 percent of babies are breastfeeding at all.

For more information about the program, visit the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality Best Fed Beginnings site.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing.

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