Sky Ridge Receives Colorado Can Do 5! Award

LONE TREE, Co (Oct. 3, 2012): Sky Ridge Medical Center was one of 20 Colorado hospitals to receive a Colorado Can Do 5! award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Sept. 18 for implementing best practices to support breastfeeding.

Hospitals that receive the Colorado Can Do 5! breastfeeding award implement five best practices:

  • The infant is breastfed in the first hour after birth.
  • The infant is fed only breast milk in the hospital.
  • The infant stays in the same room with the mother in the hospital.
  • The infant does not use a pacifier in the hospital.
  • Hospital staff gives each mother a telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding after being discharged from the hospital.

Last year, CDPHE recognized 13 hospitals. There now are 33 hospitals – more than half of all Colorado birthing hospitals – that give new mothers the support they need to start and continue breastfeeding.

Supporting mothers in their breastfeeding efforts is an effective and inexpensive early intervention to the prevention of obesity, one of the state’s Winnable Battles. By 2016, CDPHE’s goal is to increase the percentage of mothers who report some breastfeeding of their infants at 6 months of age from 61 percent to 65 percent.