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|St. Francis earns coveted honor|
St. Francis Regional Medical Center has been named a Guided Infant Feeding Techniques (GIFT) certified facility by Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition and Louisiana Prenatal Commission.
St. Francis is the only hospital in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and northeast Louisiana and one of only 11 statewide to earn the honor. The certification is effective until August 2011.
St. Francis successfully met the criteria as documented through the "10 Steps to a Healthy, Breastfed Baby."
The hospital received the "Golden Gift Breastfeeding Award" in recognition of its efforts in protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding as the preferred and normal method of infant feeding.
According to www.womenshealth.gov, breastfeeding is beneficial and nutritional for infants. Breast milk has disease-fighting cells, which help protect infants from germs and illness, and for most infants it is easier to digest than formula.
To help prepare expectant parents, St. Francis offers a monthly breastfeeding class. The class is for those who are interested in learning about breastfeeding. It is taught by RNC Brenda Myers, an international board certified lactation consultant. The class includes preparation for breastfeeding, benefits of breastfeeding, positioning and common problems associated with breastfeeding.
No fee is charged for the class, and it is a one-night, two-hour class.
The next class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
For more information, call 966-4700, or visit www.stfran.com.