UVA Health Bests National Benchmarks in Breastfeeding Survey

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UVA Medical Center and UVA Children’s have been highly rated for supporting breastfeeding in a national survey conducted for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UVA earned a 95 out of 100 on the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey, far exceeding the national and Mid-Atlantic region averages of 81.

“Achieving these tremendous survey results to support new mothers and babies speaks to our team approach to quality care here at UVA Health,” said K. Craig Kent, MD, chief executive officer of UVA Health and executive vice president for health affairs at UVA. “Excellent care begins with our prenatal clinics and continues through our maternity and postpartum inpatient units, who work together with our Breastfeeding Medicine Program and the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.”

The national survey rates hospitals on several elements of support for breastfeeding mothers and their newborns, including:

  • immediate skin-to-skin contact following birth.
  • keeping babies together with their mothers 24 hours a day.
  • working with new mothers to identify and solve any challenges they face with breastfeeding.
  • supporting mothers with breastfeeding after they are discharged from the hospital.
  • written policies and staff training that support breastfeeding.

Founded and led by UVA Children’s pediatrician Ann L. Kellams, MD, the UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program offers classes, in-person follow-up visits and support by phone with lactation consultants to help new mothers have the best possible experience with breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding brings so many health benefits for both moms and babies, and our team both in the Breastfeeding Medicine Program and throughout the health system is committed to giving new mothers all the support they need to help them breastfeed their newborn,” Kellams said.

About UVA Health 

UVA Health is an academic health system that recently expanded to include four hospitals across Charlottesville, Culpeper and Northern Virginia, along with the UVA School of Medicine, UVA School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. With more than 1,000 inpatient beds, approximately 40,000 inpatient stays annually and more than 1 million outpatient encounters annually at UVA Health, more than 1,000 employed and independent physicians provide high-quality, comprehensive and specialized care to patients across the Commonwealth and beyond. Founded in 1819 as just the 10th medical school in America, the UVA School of Medicine – with 21 clinical departments, eight basic science departments and six research centers – consistently attracts some of the nation’s most prominent researchers to develop breakthrough treatments to benefit patients around the world. Those research efforts are backed by more than $200 million in grant funding. UVA Medical Center is recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia for children by U.S. News & World Report, with five specialties rated among the top in America. More than 230 UVA physicians are honored on the Best Doctors in America list. For more information, resources, and to follow us on social media, please visit uvahealth.com.


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