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High 5 for Mom & Baby
“High 5 for Mom & Baby” encourages Kansas hospitals to adopt five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success.  Participating hospitals receive free training, support and resources to implement the following five practices:

  • Assure immediate and sustained skin-to- skin contact between mother and baby after birth.
  • Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  • Practice “rooming in” — allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  • Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  • Provide mothers options for breastfeeding support in the community (such as a telephone number, walk-in clinic information, support groups, etc.) upon discharge.

A list of participating hospitals and those who have been recognized as “High 5 for Mom & Baby can be found at “Participating Hospitals” on the High 5 for Mom & Baby website. If you have questions about the program or would like more information, please contact Gwen Whittit, Program Coordinator, coordinator@high5kansas.org .

This program is funded and administered by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson, KS.

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