Sugar Land, TX News (January 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The program seeks to increase breast-feeding initiation rates to at least 82%. Its methods are based on the World Health Organization/UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card.
To earn the designation facilities need to address 85% percent of these steps, be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite, evaluate their breastfeeding policies, maternity care practices, and educate all healthcare staff routinely with evidence-based courses.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for about the first six months of life, and continue to nurse for at least one year,” said Ann Kingrey, RN, IBCLC certified lactation consultant at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step Program designation and we are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”
Approximately 1,300 babies are born each year at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. The hospital offers breast-feeding classes for new moms. Other parenting classes and resources are also available.
For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, Program Coordinator at 512-341-4592, or visit the web site at www.texastenstep.org.