GIFT Certification for Breastfeeding Support
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Woman’s has been designated by the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition and the Louisiana Perinatal Commission to be a GIFT certified (Guided Infant Feeding Techniques) hospital for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
The GIFT designation is a certification program for Louisiana birthing facilities based on the best practice model to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and support. Earning the GITT certification requires a hospital to demonstrate that it meets the Ten Steps to a Healthy, Breastfed Baby and the criteria for educating new parents on hospital staff on the techniques and importance of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding in the Hospital
Our full-time, board-certified lactation consultants encourages breastfeeding and assists new mothers before and after birth through classes, private, in-room visits and a “Warmline” to answer any breastfeeding questions. Additionally, Woman’s has individual lactation consultants for mothers for NICU babies who benefit tremendously from breast milks but may need extra help.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. This recommendation is based on scientific evidence that shows benefits for a baby’s survival and proper growth and development. Breast milk provides all the nutrients that a baby needs during the first six months.
Ban the Bags, Louisiana!
As one of the many best practices that hospitals can implement to help improve breastfeeding outcomes, Woman’s is excited to be recognized as a “Bag Free” hospital by the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition as part of their “Ban the Bags, Louisiana!” campaign.