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Breastfeeding summit brings experts, new moms together

DENVER — Top medical experts came together with new moms as part of the Annual Colorado Breastfeeding Summit. 

The first conference, held in Greenwood Village, was coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health.

New moms got a chance to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding from health expert and author Dr. Marianne Neifert, also known as “Dr. Mom.” Dr. Neifert says, “breastfeeding protects against all kinds of infections (and) reduces sudden infant death syndrome and risk of childhood overweight, as well, breast milk is superior infant nutrition.”

Another goal of the conference is to reach out to hospitals in an effort to make breastfeeding programs more of a priority.

Moms like Vannessa Hodack say hospital staff play an important role when it’s time for that very first interaction with a new baby, “It’s time to feed that little one and all that support of the providers around you is so very important.”

Twenty Colorado hospitals were honored for their breastfeeding programs, receiving Can Do Five awards.

Here is the list:
Aurora
-The Medical Center of Aurora
-University of Colorado Hospital
Colorado Springs
-St. Francis Medical Center
Delta
-Delta Memorial Hospital
Denver
-Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital
-Presbyterian/St Luke’s Medical Center
Englewood
-Swedish Medical Center
Estes Park
-Estes Park Medical Center
Frisco
-St. Anthony Summit Medical Center
Littleton
-Littleton Adventist Hospital
Lone Tree
-Sky Ridge Medical Center
Longmont
-Longmont United Hospital
Louisville
-Avista Adventist Hospital
Loveland
-Medical Center of the Rockies
Parker
-Parker Adventist Hospital
Pueblo
-Parkview Medical Center
Sterling
-Sterling Regional Medical Center
Westminster
-St. Anthony North Hospital
Wheat Ridge
-Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
Yuma
-Yuma District Hospital