First 5 LA awards Valley Presbyterian Hospital $500,000 to improve breastfeeding rates

November 14, 2017

In March 2009, the First 5 LA Commission approved $10.5 million in funding to support the Baby-Friendly Hospital program created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund and administered by Baby-Friendly USA. Hospitals that have earned the designation are recognized for their work providing mothers of newborns with the information, confidence and skills they need to successfully initiate and continue nursing their babies.

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is one of nine hospitals First 5 LA selected for funding this year as part of this program. It will receive a grant of $470,966 over three years to enable it to attain the goal of receiving the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.

To improve breastfeeding rates among its patients, Valley Presbyterian Hospital is planning several initiatives, including improved education for its staff and patients and postnatal breastfeeding help through a weekly support group, breastfeeding hotline and community resource list.

"We look forward to the important contribution Valley Presbyterian Hospital will be able to make to improving the health of women and their infants as this program moves forward," said Mr. Valdespino. "Valley Presbyterian Hospital is a vital community asset with women's and children's services that are recognized as the leading provider of maternal and child health care in Northern Los Angeles County. This generous grant ensures the hospital will continue to play a leading role in improving health outcomes for patients throughout the San Fernando Valley."

Source: Valley Presbyterian Hospital