The Birth Center
The Birth Center
Baby-Friendly Hospital and Breastfeeding
In 2012, Mission Hospital became a designated Baby Friendly Hospital. The
Baby-Friendly Hospital is a global program and effort launched by the
World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s
Fund (UNICEF). The program is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing
hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care by
awarding this designation for successfully implementing the Ten Steps
to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of
Breast-milk Substitutes. Mothers are provided information, confidence
and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding
Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough
journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based, maternity care
with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother-baby
bonding. Baby-Friendly designation is granted after a rigorous on-site
survey is completed.
More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is
perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed
infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea,
rashes, allergies and other medical problems than formula fed babies,
according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The greatest benefits
are derived when babies are breastfed exclusively (breastmilk is the only
food) for the first six months of life.
Recent published statistics from the Centers for Disease (CDC) and California
Department of Public Health (CDPH) rank Mission Hospital number 2 out
of 17 Orange County Hospitals for their exclusive breastfeeding rates,
exceeding Healthy People 2020 and Joint Commission goals.
To receive and maintain this award a hospital must:
Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all
health care staff.
click here to read our breastfeeding policy.
- Train all healthcare staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they
are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically
- Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage unrestricted breastfeeding.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers
to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
All of our obstetricians, pediatricians and nursing staff have been educated
and trained in the skills needed to support and assist moms and babies
with breastfeeding. We offer in-patient breastfeeding education and lactation
consultations. We staff Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants
who work in concert with your nurse and physician when the need arises.
Mission Hospital Practices the Following to Support Exclusive Breastfeeding
After delivery and recovery, you will be transported into one our beautifully
designed, state-of-the-art Mother-Baby Suites for the remainder of your
stay. These suites enable both mother and baby to stay together and receive
all care from our experience Mother-Baby nurses in the comfort of your
own room. The suite also provides a comfortable place for your support
partner who we encourage to stay overnight.
Takes place in the hour immediately following delivery and is designed
to give you, your baby and your support partner some quiet time to establish
bonds that will last a lifetime. This connection of the unwrapped baby
lying directly on your skin is called skin-to-skin contact and can provide
you and your baby time to get to know each other. This initial snuggling
also has very important health benefits for you and your baby. Please
click here for our flyer with more information.
Mission Hospital supports the World Health Organization Fair Market Policy
on formula. We purchase our formula and use formula for medical reasons
or if this mother’s choice. Research demonstrates formula may change
gut protection against illness that only exclusive breastfeeding can provide,
disrupt supply and demand, lead to breast swelling and decreased milk supply.
Research shows feeding cues may be masked, cause long stretches between
feedings, may affect suck and causes delay in milk supply. Recommended
use only after baby is breastfeeding well.
Nursing and Lactation staff will teach you the valuable skill of manual
expression of your milk.
Beyond these practices, Mission Hospital provides encouragement and support
for breastfeeding through our prenatal Breastfeeding Basics onsite or
online class, collaborative with physician offices and Perinatal Diagnostic
and Treatment Center, postpartum breastfeeding support group, Bridges
for Newborn Program and special mobile educational programs through the
Newborn Channel. Our Valiant Women’s Solution Boutique located in
the Women’s Wellness Center, offers a wide range of lactation supplies
and feeding accessories.