We are committed to promoting breastfeeding as the primary source of infant nutrition. We are a state-certified Mother-Friendly Worksite because we accommodate employees who are breastfeeding. Our childbirth center is part of the Texas 10-Step Program for maintaining a minimum 81% breastfeeding rate at the time of discharge. Click here for online breastfeeding information and tips. To sign up for a breastfeeding class, click here.
Honeysuckle Mom & Baby Boutique
The Honeysuckle boutique, located in our Women’s Center, offers you a wide range of breastfeeding supplies as well as gifts for mom and baby. The boutique is part of our commitment to creating a positive, comfortable and informed breastfeeding experience for the familes we serve. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. To reach the boutique or get breastfeeding support, call 512.753.3656.
CTMC's Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique is located inside the CTMC Women's Center and features lactation supplies and consultation, as well as a variety of custom, hand-made gifts and merchandise. The shop was partially funded by a grant from the CTMC Women's Council.
Texas Ten Step Program facility designation
CTMC took a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged; and assists facilities in improving on national performance measures such as the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged.
Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite
CTMC is recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mother-Friendly Worksite. To receive this designation, a place of business must introduce a written policy to support employed mothers by doing the following: • Offering flexible work schedules to provide time for expression of milk
• Providing an accessible location allowing privacy
• Providing access to a nearby clean and safe water source and a sink for washing hands and rinsing out any breast-pump equipment
• Providing access to hygienic storage alternatives for the mother to store her breast milk
National Breastfeeding Month Proclamation
In partnership with CTMC and the Texas Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), the City of San Marcos issued a proclamation on July 31, 2012 to recognize National Breastfeeding Month locally, which is observed in August.
Mothers Milk Bank Partnership
There are times when a mother is unable to produce enough milk for her infant, and doctors may prescribe donor human milk. Healthy lactating mothers of infants under one year old are eligible to be screened as human milk donors.
In 2011, CTMC partnered with the Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, becoming the only Certified Milk Depot in Hays County that provides a local drop-off location for donor breast milk that helps infants grow and thrive. Since then, the hospital has donated thousands of ounces of donor milk to babies in need.