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Wesley Medical Center was the only Kansas hospital selected for participation in a first-of-its-kind effort, called Best Fed Beginnings.
"Wesley is delighted to have been chosen to participate in this important effort and to have the opportunity to continue improving maternity care services to better support breast feeding," said Kathy Walker, WesleyCare Breastfeeding Clinic Manager.
The goal of the initiative is to reverse the trend in the mother's breastfeeding by giving hospitals education on the benefits of breastfeeding.
A survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Preparation found that half of new mothers breastfeed their babies in the first week, and only 31 percent of all babies are still breastfed at nine months.
Wesley Medical Center and the others participating in the effort will be striving to get the "Baby-Friendly" designation, which signifies the hospitals collaborated and used the education to transform their maternity care services.
The initiative will last 22 months.