Hays County Mothers Celebrated World Breastfeeding Day at Local CTMC Latch Event
SAN MARCOS, TX
|Amanda Brown is pictured with her infant son at CTMC's Latch Event on Aug. 7. Brown recently completed testing to be part of the hospital's Milk Depot Program that was implemented in partmership with the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin.
– Area mothers assembled in the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Women’s Center Main Lobby on Aug. 7 to participate in a local Latch Event recognizing World Breastfeeding Day. At the event, women gathered to promote giving the gift that only mother’s can give by breastfeeding their babies.
“We held the event to recognize the commitment of mothers to give babies breast milk,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck. “Their attendance is a reflection of the support of Hays County women to promote maternal child health.”
Among breastfeeding mothers at the event was Amanda Brown, who recently completed testing to become a donor for CTMC’s Milk Depot Program. Last year, CTMC partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin to become the only Certified Milk Depot in Hays County and has since donated around 30,000 ounces of breast milk to the cause.
“I want to give back,” Brown said. “I’ve had two healthy sons, and I can’t imagine being in a situation where I needed milk and I wasn’t able to produce it.”
The Latch Event follows several of CTMC’s ongoing breastfeeding initiatives, the most recent of which includes partnering with Women, Infant and Children Services (WIC) and the City of San Marcos to issue a proclamation recognizing August locally as National Breastfeeding Month. CTMC also recently earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to have 82 percent of infants exclusively breastfeeding when discharged. Currently, CTMC maintains an 80 percent in-hospital breastfeeding rate.
CTMC also received a Mother-Friendly Worksite designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services in May. CTMC filed an application to become a Mother-Friendly Worksite after implementing a private feeding/pumping room and making a $3,000 investment for 2 state-of-the-art breast pumps. The equipment was funded by a grant from the Women’s Council, a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities.
WIC will host a World Breastfeeding Celebration on Aug. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at its San Marcos location, 700 N. LBJ, suite 104, that will feature breastfeeding information and an opportunity for mothers to apply for WIC. The hospital provides breastfeeding instruction and support services to mothers in San Marcos and surrounding communities. For more information, visit ctmc.org or call 512-753-3723. To learn more about becoming a Mother Friendly Worksite, visit www.texasmotherfriendly.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.