In addition to this commitment, St. Luke’s is providing information and hospital practices supportive of breastfeeding and the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program. These resources are available at stlukeshospital.com or www.ohiohospitals.org/ohiobagfree.
“It is our hope that Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies will prompt our leaders and employees to have thoughtful conversations in the hospitals about the benefits of breastfeeding in order to educate patients and the community,” said Sharon Bryson, BSN, RNC, manager of the Family Birthing Center. “The support a new mother receives from hospital employees and leaders can impact her decision to breastfeed. Increasing the number of breastfed newborns can lead to a decrease in the likelihood for future health conditions for the child such as asthma, diabetes and obesity.”
For more information about Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies, please visit, http://ohiohospitals.org/ohiofirststeps