The majority of new moms today are choosing to breastfeed. Nationally, about 75 percent of babies leave the hospital breastfeeding; at Valley Medical Center, it's about 90 percent. Our nursing staff will help get you off to a good start during your hospital stay. Once you go home, we offer outpatient lactation consultants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF all recommend that babies be breastfed exclusively until solid foods are started, at about 6 months of age. They also recommend that mothers continue breastfeeding until baby is at least 1 year old.
Breastfed babies have:
Parents who breastfeed have:
Hearing problems are among the most common with newborns, and early detection leads to early intervention. Hearing screenings can help with the development of proper language skills, which are essential to a child's social and intellectual growth. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all infants be screened for hearing loss and is working toward the goal of 100% of newborns being screened. In response to this recommendation, your doctor will order a hearing screen for your newborn.