According to SignonSanDiego a new study shows three San Diego hospitals are among the best statewide in encouraging mothers to breastfeed their newborns, which experts say is a key first step in raising a healthier baby.
Pomerado Hospital in Poway was eighth statewide, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla was 12th and Scripps Memorial Encinitas was 14th in posting the highest rates of mothers breastfeeding their babies without any supplemental formula while in the hospital, according to “One Hospital at a Time: Overcoming Barriers to Breastfeeding.”
Produced by the U.C. Davis Human Lactation Center and the California WIC Association, the study used 2009 data from the California Department of Public Health.
The study also showed that hospitals statewide that serve a larger proportion of low-income mothers had lower rates of “exclusive” breastfeeding (nursing without additional formula).
That held true in San Diego County, where the study looked at data from 11 hospitals and found the lowest rates of exclusive breastfeeding by mothers was at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.
More than 90 percent of California mothers come into the hospital planning to breastfeed their baby, but far fewer leave nursing their newborn, according to the study. Experts say that successful breastfeeding requires a hospital actively supporting a mother and baby as they establish a pattern of nursing during the first 24 to 72 hours of the newborn’s life.
Dr. Stuart Kincaid treats women postpartum who have breast-fed their newborns and their breast have lost volume and shape. Once they are no longer lactating some women choose plastic surgery to help restore the breast volume and shape. Some may elect for a breast lift only. This will restore the breast to a more proportionate position and allow the existing volume to fill up the remaining skin. Others may elect for both a breast lift as well as breast augmentation( breast implants). This is most common mostly because patients can choose how much fullness they would like.
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