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Walter Reed a leader in breast-feeding promotion

Maryland has made a major step forward in encouraging hospitals to go 'baby-friendly' in support of breast-feeding ("Hospitals agree to state's breast-feeding standards," Aug. 5; "Progress on breast-feeding," Commentary, Aug. 21). In her report, Andrea Walker and The Sun neglected to include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as one of Maryland's birthing hospitals and to note its commitment to breast-feeding that predates the state's campaign. Over 1,000 Maryland citizens are born at the "President's Hospital" in Bethesda each year on a labor and delivery service that opened in 1949. More recently, Walter Reed-Bethesda was one of the first Maryland birthing hospitals to begin the Baby Friendly Initiative process when Michael Stocks, the hospital commander, initiated it in 2011. Walter Reed-Bethesda was also one of only seven birthing hospitals in Maryland to receive the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Gold Award in 2012. Walter Reed-Bethesda is proud to be a Maryland-based hospital, and its doctors, nurses, staff, and patients are proud to be at the forefront of breast-feeding promotion.

Cmdr. Gregory H. Gorman

The writer is program director, NCC pediatrics residency and pediatric nephrologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. These views are the author's and do not reflect the official policy of any government agency.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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