FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES
Lorma as a breastfeeding facility
To promote optimal feeding of infants and intensify the bonding between mother and child, Lorma has adopted the rooming-in policy. This policy encourages mothers to breastfeed on demand and discourages dependence on milk substitutes. This policy is in line with the DOH’s Philippine Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategic Plan of Action for 2011-2016.
For mothers and babies visiting the hospital for consultations, an aircondi-tioned out-patient breastfeeding room is available on the second floor of the west wing building. This room provides the mother and child the comfort and privacy they need. Just contact the Breastfeeding Support Group at 072-700-0000 local 143 or talk to the nurse at NICU Transition Room for the use of the facility.
NICU Transition Room
Renovated on May 28, 2008, the former Lorma Nursery is now transformed into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Transition Room. It is equipped with machines like Ventilators, Radiant warmer, Incubator, Cardiac Monitor, Syringe pump, and other equipment to provide better care to newly born sick babies. An electric breast pump and a refrigerator for milk storage are also available.
For babies with communicable diseases, an Isolation room is readily available for use. In-patient mothers with infants may also avail of the breastfeeding room in the NICU Transition Room as needed. Sterile hospital gown, cap and slippers are provided upon entry to the Room.
The NICU Transition Room is manned by highly trained and competent nurses 24/7 to ensure better healthcare to infants.
July 22, 2013 -- The Department of Health has accredited Lorma Medical Center as Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital. Lorma is the first private hospital in the Region to achieve this accreditation based on the criteria set by the World Health Organization and the UNICEF.
The Mother-Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global effort for improving the role of maternity services to enable mothers to breastfeed their newborn. It aims at improving the care of pregnant women, mothers and newborns at health facilities that provide maternity services for protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. By doing so, infants need not be dependent on milk substitutes and infant mortality could be reduced. The Lorma Breastfeeding Support Group was formed to educate the public and mothers on the benefits and management of lactation. The group also implements the mother and newborn rooming-in policy of the hospital and supervises designated breastfeeding areas for employees. For more info on Lorma Breastfeeding Support Group, please contact Ms. Jonalyn Padilla, the BF Counselor, at 0916-6872434 or call our Breastfeeding Hotline at 072-700-0000 local 143.
TEN STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING
1. The Breastfeeding and Rooming-in policies of Lorma Medical Center should be routinely communicated to all hospital staff, visiting doctors, mother’s, patients and students.
2. All healthcare staff will be trained in the knowledge and skill necessary to implement breastfeeding and rooming-in policies for at least 20 hours to include 3 hours practicum.
3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate skin to skin contact and breastfeeding.
5. Mothers are shown proper positioning and attachment, how to express breastmilk, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
6. Newborns should not be given foods, drinks or vitamins other than breastmilk.
7. Rooming-in will be practice to allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day unless the condition of baby does not warrant it.
8. Breastfeeding on demand will be encouraged.
9. No artificial teats or pacifiers (also called tsupon or mamador) will be given to breastfeeding infants. The Promotion of breastfeeding substitutes are strickly prohibited.
10. Advise mothers to come for follow-up check-up after one week and every month therafter to Lorma Breastfeeding Support Group.
FOUR KEY POINTS ON HOW TO POSITION A BABY DURING BREASTFEEDING
1. Baby’s head and body in line.
2. Baby held close to mother’s body.
3. Baby’s full body supported.
4. Baby approaches breast, nose to nipple.
FOUR KEY POINTS OF PROPER ATTACHMENT
1. More areola above baby’s top lip than below bottom lip.
2. Baby’s mouth wide open.
3. Lower lip turned outwards.
4. Baby’s chin touches breast.
THE LORMA BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
Dr. Amalia M. Komiya, MD, DPPS - Head, Pediatrics Department BF Coordinator
Dr. Editha L. Flores, MD FPOGS - Assistant Head, OB-GYN Assistant BF Coordinator
Ms. Jonalyn D. Padilla, RN - BF Counselor
Ms.Ma. Cecilia H. Galon, RN - NICU Staff
Ms. Jennie N. dela Cruz, RN - NICU Staff
Ms. Jane Balanon, RN - NICU Staff
Ms. Aiza A. Patrona, RN - NICU Staff
Ms. Khritchie L. Tesch, RN - NICU Staff
Ms. Jane Balanon, RN - NICU Staff
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