Leesburg Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is a participant in the 2017 Baby Steps to Baby Friendly project to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Florida. A growing body of evidence points to breastfeeding as critical to improved health outcomes for mothers and babies, and beneficial to the families and communities in which they live. The goal of this project is to implement and enhance hospital maternity care practices that support and promote breastfeeding.
LRMC recently completed each of the mandated steps in the Baby Steps to Baby Friendly program. “Completing the project means that we have earned a $20,000 grant from the state of Florida to be used for staff education and required projects for the final Baby Friendly designation,” says Sandra Mullin, Director of LRMC’s Maternal Child Health Unit.
The hospital will now move on to the designation phase with the goal of completing the Baby Friendly survey in August of 2018.
As the hospital strives to promote breastfeeding, LRMC will celebrate World Breastfeeding Awareness Week in a big way this year with its annual Mom-To-Be Expo Tuesday, August 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s lobby. This free community event is for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and who want to learn more about what the hospital has to offer.
“Guests at the Mom-To-Be Expo will be able to learn more about preparing for their baby, childbirth, and breastfeeding,” continues Mullin. “Tours of the labor and delivery suites will be included as well as giveaways, raffle prizes, refreshments and more.”
To register for the Mom-To-Be Expo, visit www.LeesburgRegional.org/MomToBe.