St. Petersburg General Hospital is recognized by the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition (FBC), a statewide coalition in partnership with several Florida agencies and registered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) by participating in FBC’s Baby Steps to Baby Friendly Hospital Florida Quest for Quality Maternity Care Award project.
St. Petersburg General Hospital was recently designated as a ONE STAR Maternity Hospital, and our dedicated Lactation Consultant Task Force is working on the TWO Star Award right now. Our Women’s Services department provides the GOLD STANDARD for breastfeeding support by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s). Our Core Breastfeeding team has a combined experience of 60 plus years. Together, our breastfeeding team at St. Petersburg General Hospital provides education and support to boost confidence, give reassurance and lend a hand to help breastfeeding mothers succeed.
For our in-house mothers, a Lactation Lounge for use by employees and physicians has been added for those who would like to pump their breasts while at work. The lounge is located in a private room in the Women’s Services unit and has a comfortable recliner, breast pump and a private bathroom area.
The Lactation team has created a comprehensive action plan that is focused on improving infant feeding practices for more than 600 families in Pinellas County. Improvements include:
- Skin to skin contact within the first hour after birth. Evidence shows healthy babies placed skin to skin just after birth have improved health outcomes over those who have been separated from their mothers after birth.
- Rooming-in for all families has been proven to increase bonding and parenting skills necessary for caring for baby after discharge.
- Prenatal and post-partum education focusing on AAP recommended feeding practices of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continuing for at least one year or as long as mutually desired.
Women’s Services at St. Petersburg General Hospital is proud to offer a free monthly Preparing to Breast Feeding class, as well as a free monthly Breast Feeding Support Group. Both offerings are conducted by one of our highly qualified Board Certified Lactation Consultants. To register, go to our website http://stpetegeneral.com.