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State Recognizes Lenox Hill Hospital for Focus on Breastfeeding Newborn Infants

NEW YORK -- New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, MD, announced today that Lenox Hill Hospital was one of only 10 high-performing New York hospitals with the highest percentage of newborn infants exclusively breastfed during their hospital stay.  Lenox Hill Hospital was one of only two New York City Hospitals given a high-performing distinction.

Commissioner Daines also announced that new information on the proportion of newborns who are breastfed will now be provided by every hospital in New York to expectant mothers when they attend prenatal classes, pre-register or are admitted to the hospital.  This information is also posted on the State Department of Health's (DOH) Web site at:

This is part of DOH's larger effort to promote breastfeeding as a healthy choice for mothers and babies.   In New York, 81 percent of new mothers choose to breastfeed, but by three months just 33 percent of mothers continue to breastfeed exclusively; and by six months, that percentage drops to 14 percent. Hospital maternity care policies and procedures, staff training, and the quality of support and assistance provided to new mothers play a powerful role in affecting breastfeeding rates in the hospital and after discharge.

Lenox Hill Hospital has several measures in place that promote, support and protect exclusive breastfeeding, such as:

  • unlimited access to three lactation specialists, who are available seven days a week
  • daily breast-feeding classes and one-on-one counseling sessions
  • facilitating breastfeeding in the first 30-60 minutes of life
  • providing support so that infants can feed on demand, including keeping babies in the mothers' hospital rooms up to 24 hours a day (called "rooming-in")
  • providing referrals for breastfeeding support after discharge from the hospital