Kittitas Valley Healthcare has been recognized for promoting breastfeeding to help get newborns off to a healthy start. KVH recently received the Breastfeeding Friendly Washington bronze recognition level from the Washington State Department of Health, according to a news release.

“Babies are more likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives if they breastfeed for at least six months,” said state Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “Hospitals that encourage and support breastfeeding are helping raise the healthiest next generation.”

Hospitals that participate in the Breastfeeding Friendly Washington program do so voluntarily. They are eligible to receive recognition after completing steps to support breastfeeding.

To earn bronze level recognition, KVH has a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all staff, places babies skin-to-skin with their mothers within 60 minutes after birth and help mothers recognize and respond to feeding cues, practices rooming-in to allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day, and has an established system for referring mothers to outpatient and community support.

The Family Birthing Center at KVH Hospital plans to continue to advance their staff training and practices surrounding breastfeeding to earn silver or gold certification.

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