Arlington, TX - Medical City Arlington continues to improve the health of newborns and infants in Tarrant County through efforts to increase breastfeeding, including the facility’s redesignation of the Texas Ten Step Program from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist a birthing 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.

Texas Ten Step facilities are asked to regularly evaluate its breastfeeding policies and maternity care practices, and educate all healthcare staff routinely with evidence-based courses.

“We have worked very hard to earn, and maintain, the Texas Ten Step designation and I am proud of our dedication to this initiative,” said Cathy McLaughlin, Medical City Arlington’s chief nursing officer. “We are committed to putting the well-being of our newest Texans at the forefront of our care and are proud to support the overwhelming majority of women that are choosing to breastfeed.”

Find more information on the Texas Ten Step program.