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