Rockford Memorial Hospital has joined a national effort to encourage more new moms to breastfeed their babies.
The Best Fed Beginnings Learning Collaborative is a highly competitive national program. RMH is one of only three hospitals in Illinois and one of 90 hospitals around the country to take part. As part of the program, RMH will begin a 22-month learning collaborative with other hospitals in the program to make system-level changes in order to help make the hospital baby-friendly and encourage breastfeeding.
Some of the positive effects of breastfeeding for children are decreases in the incidence and severity of many infectious diseases, reduction in infant mortality, and support of neurodevelopment. It also decreases the child's risk of becoming obese later on in their childhood. Plosive benefits for mothers include decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.
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