Hospital Aims To Be 'Baby Friendly'

Story by: James Buechele
1-31-14

An area hospital looks to be more baby friendly.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is trying to become one of only a handful of hospitals to earn that label.

One of the steps is by eliminating formula bags for new mothers. The hospital instead is trying to push breastfeeding. Staffers are now handing out formula-free bags showing the benefits of not using a bottle.

"So we thought that we were giving a mixed message to the mother if they had that (formula) bag," said Connie Styons of TMH. "They've got some good information in it but they also have formula in it and sometimes at three o'clock in the morning when you're frustrated you have a tendency to go for the formula."

Breastfeeding can actually help strengthen the baby's immune system. TMH will hold a baby and family fair tomorrow morning. IT starts at 9:30 a.m. and will take place in the Turnbull Conference Center on FSU's campus.


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