The Winchester Medical Center (WMC) Women & Children’s team works
to promote infant health one baby at a time. Our focus on breastfeeding
was recently recognized with FOUR STARS by the Virginia Department of
Health’s Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program for its partnership
with Virginia Maternity Center Quality Improvement Collaborative, which
follows the World Health Organization’s model for promoting breastfeeding
as the "gold standard" in infant nutrition. Congratulations!
Human breast milk is not only the ideal food for infants and young children,
but it is the only food that infants need for the first six months of
life. The staff in the Mother/Baby Unit at WMC, including physicians,
nurses, lactation consultants and other team members, are passionate about
providing new moms (and dads!) with resources and information for breastfeeding
success. Lactation consultants visit with moms during their hospital stay
to ensure that they and their babies get off to a good start, and the
unit offers rooming-in to facilitate bonding during breastfeeding and
other mother-baby contact. Staff is also able to provide information about
local breastfeeding support groups, such as the La Leche League, so parents
have the opportunity to expand their network of support.
Parents are encouraged to visit the Valley Health Maternal Services website—both
before and after birth. During pregnancy, parents should consider attending
breastfeeding classes, offered onsite at WMC and Warren Memorial Hospital.
Upcoming sessions include Breastfeeding: What to Expect in the First Weeks,
Breastfeeding in the First Year, and How to Buy the Right Nursing Bra.
Some classes are also available online;
click here for complete class listing.
VHS Babies, Valley Health’s new pregnancy app, was rolled out earlier this
year, providing expectant parents with tools and trackers, resources,
and other helpful info on pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding…and
more. (VHS Babies fun fact: Your baby is the size of a sweet potato at
At Valley Health, expectant parents are offered a wealth of educational
and the support of passionate breastfeeding advocates on our staff, so it’s
no wonder our breastfeeding program met the rigorous criteria required
by the Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program. Advancing infant health
and providing exceptional maternity care services are priorities…and
another way Valley Health serves its youngest patients and their devoted parents.