The Texas Department of State Health Services has again designated Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South as a Texas Ten Step Program facility.
The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Texas Health Huguley first earned the designation in 2012.
At Texas Health Huguley, a lactation consultant is available to assist new mothers with breastfeeding and is accessible by telephone after discharge for continued support. The Women's Center also encourages early skin-to-skin contact, educates staff and parents on the benefits of breastfeeding, and has babies room-in with their mothers, which are all measures that promote successful breastfeeding.
The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates to 82 percent. Based on the World Health Organization / UNICEF's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the Texas Ten Step program aims to assist birth facility's support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery.
Texas Ten Step facilities are asked to address 85 percent of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, be designated as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite, evaluate their breastfeeding policies, maternity care practices and educate all health care staff routinely with evidence-based courses.